Role Models Make an Impact
Studies show that children who have role models are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs, or commit crimes. A role model helps a child/youth make healthy choices, leading by example and supporting them when the best choice wasn’t made. They can help them work through what lead them to making the decision and guide them on how to change that process for the next time.
Many relationships between Bigs and Littles are part of our community-based programs. Community-based mentoring relationships involve one-on-one outings and activities, doing things the Big and Little enjoy together, like:
Taking a walk in the park, going to museum, going to an event hosted by BBBSSM, listening to music, volunteering together or simply just hanging out and talking.
Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles on weekdays or evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them. You will be supported by a dedicated staff member from our team, they will ensure that communication is working, and your relationship is developing according to plan.
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