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School Based Mentoring

School-Based programs, offer unique experiences between volunteer mentors and student mentees. Matches meet once a week at the same time in a designated location, usually at a school. Together, mentors and mentees focus on social/emotional development, as well as academic needs. Mentors include corporate volunteers, college students and high school students, as well as individuals from the community and faith-based organizations. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides on-site supervision, program coordination and serves as liaison between collaborating partners. In addition, Big Brothers Big Sisters maintains partnerships with other agencies that offer new or existing mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters consults with each school-based program to assist with defining program parameters and the extent to which Big Brothers Big Sisters support services will be included in the collaboration.

Big Brothers Big Sisters operates School-Based Mentoring programs in the following school systems: Marysville City Schools and North Union Elementary and High School.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Ohio
Today in the United States, there are approximately 2.4 million children who have one or more incarcerated parents. This statistic is even more staggering when we consider the effect having a parent incarcerated can have on a child’s life. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio is committed to identifying and helping children of incarcerated parents through our Amachi program. “Amachi” is a West African word that means “Who knows but what God has brought us through this child”. This is a one-to-one mentoring program that matches children of incarcerated parents with volunteers from the community. If you are interested in learning more, please visit www.amachiohio.org or contact:

Elizabeth Martinez
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio
1855 E. Dublin Granville Road
Columbus, Ohio 43229
614-839-2447, ext. 102
emartinez@bbbscentralohio.org

What is a High School Site-based Mentor?
High School site-based mentors are simply high school students who volunteer as a mentor to an elementary student on-site at their school. High school mentors can be members of the same class, school club or organization, or simply individual students. As a high school mentor, you are matched with a child at a specific elementary school and become that child’s special friend, offering attention, support and encouragement.

What do Matches do Together?
Each program is different and is flexible to address the needs of each participating school. Some programs take place during school hours where high school mentors may spend time with their mentee eating lunch, working on academic enrichment, or participating in recreational activities. Other programs take place after school and either involve the mentors traveling to the mentee’s school or the mentees traveling on-site to the high school for the mentoring sessions.

What are the Benefits to the High School?
There are many benefits for high schools participating in site-based mentoring programs. Mentors may be given the opportunity to receive communite service hours required for graduation. It may also be an opportunity for community service clubs at the high school to get involved with the community. Students participating in site-based mentoring programs may also have the opportunity to receive job references and other letters of recommendation from the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff. Most importantly, these programs provide students the opportunity to be a friend to a younger child in need.

How Does a High School Get Involved?
Each high school should provide a contact person to work with a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member to help coordinate the program. This person would be a liaison between the high school mentors, the children involved in the program, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The high school also provides the students who will serve as mentors in the site-based program, either through an extra-curricular school club, a specific class, or through advertisements to the student body.

For information on the Union County program contact: Lindsey at 937-642-0472.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL OHIO, UNION COUNTY PROGRAM
940 London Avenue, Suite C   Marysville, Ohio 43040
937.642.0472  Fax: 937.642.3129
Lindsey Davenport, Union County Program Coordinator  ldavenport@bbbscentralohio.org
Julie Kyte, Program Coordinator, Union County  jkyte@bbbscentralohio.org



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