Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters will offer a community-based, one-to-one mentoring program in
partnership with Achievement
First Hartford. Mentors
are needed to work with 25 boys and girls who are students at Achievement First
BECOME A BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER?
A “Big” is a friend and role model, one who can make a powerful difference in a
child's life. Mentored children are more likely to improve academic
performance, stay in school, build positive relationships, avoid risky
behaviors, and become healthy, responsible, active members of the community. Mentoring
PROGRAM: In the community-based program, Big
and Little participate in activities both individually and throughout the
community. Activities act as catalysts to build the match relationship and
encourage learning of new skills, role modeling, and new experiences. Bigs and Littles are asked for a commitment
of a minimum of one year and get together for 6-10 hours per month.
IS THE PROCESS TO BECOME A "BIG"?
Interested volunteers complete a brief
application and provide three references. Volunteers are interviewed, screened,
and trained by Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters. Volunteers and children are
matched based on common characteristics and interests. Mentors are provided with training that
focuses on the role of a mentor, building and sustaining a strong relationship,
child development, working with various behaviors and challenges,
communication, and safety.
Nutmeg BBBS Match Support Coordinators provide ongoing support through
monthly contact with mentor, child and parent. Support Coordinators ensure the
match relationship is developing positively and help participants to handle
issues and concerns that arise. Nutmeg BBBS and its participants are fully
If interested in this program, please
contact Marybeth Goral at Nutmeg BBBS at (860) 525-5437 x 117 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
to request an application.