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School-based Mentoring

It may sound obvious, but sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at school. Kids enjoy having their Bigs meet with them there, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground. And parents know what a positive impact it makes.

During the school year, School-based Bigs and Littles meet at the same time each week for 30 - 60 minutes. In the summer, they maintain contact through phone calls, email or mail, or BBBS sponsored events.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County offers mentoring at several elementary and middle schools throughout Madison and Sun Prairie. Volunteer enrollment for school-based mentoring is seasonal, and space is limited. We are currently enrolling volunteers to begin mentoring at several of our sites. Click here to see a list of our 2013-2014 School-based Mentoring sites!

It’s teacher-approved.

Some of the biggest supporters of our School-Based Mentoring program are actually teachers and the entire MMSD. They see students come back from their time with their Big filled with confidence, smiling big, ready to learn and eager to succeed.

Learning about life.

Although it takes place at schools, our School-Based Mentoring program isn't limited to the classroom. Bigs and Littles talk about class, do homework, or read together, but they also shoot hoops in the gym or play on the playground. At the end of the day, it's really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring a child to reach their full potential. 

At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we have tremendous confidence in our ability to impact children and put them on the right path. But it means even more when an outside study comes to the same conclusion.  Click to learn more about our Nationwide School-Based Mentoring Study.

Interested in becoming a volunteer in our School-Based program? Click here.
Need more information about volunteering? Click here.
Want to make a donation to support our programs? Click here.

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