“HE REALLY IS A JOY TO VISIT AND A LOT OF FUN. HE HAS IT ALL-CHARACTER, PERSONALITY, SENSE OF HUMOR.” – BIG BROTHER RAY
The Community Based mentoring program is what most consider to be the traditional mentoring program. Bigs and Littles meet twice a month to enjoy one-to-one outings and activities like:
- Attending a sporting event
- Going to get ice cream
- Going fishing or hiking in a local park
- Working on a school project
- Just hanging out and talking
Some matches meet on the weekend while others meet during the week. It all depends on what works best for everyone. Children are initially matched at ages 6-16 for at least 15 months, though we often have matches that stay together for much longer.
Included in this program is the Hispanic Initiative. Children who are of a Hispanic background are matched with adults who may be bi-lingual or bi-cultural – or may just be open to exploring their Little’s culture with them. Our Bigs help their Littles learn to balance being a part of the community while embracing their cultural heritage.
“I HAD FUN WITH HIM, AND HE MIGHT’VE HAD FUN WITH ME, AND I LOVE HAVING HIM.” – LITTLE BROTHER WILL