Beyond School Walls: A Site-Based Facilitated Program

Big_and_Little_01Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County launched its inaugural Beyond Schools Walls site in October 2013 at Bumble Bee Seafood’s corporate office, three sites soon followed in the Fall of 2014. This Big Brothers Big Sisters nationwide mentoring program allows companies to give back to their community by hosting children from area schools in a real-life work and higher education environment.

Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates partnerships between companies and local middle and high schools by facilitating the recruitment, interviewing/screening (of all participants), session facilitation and relationship development. Volunteer “Bigs” meet at least once a month for 2 hours with their mentees (“Littles”) to build personal relationships while  BBBS provides guided curriculum designed to teach skills necessary for workplace and personal success. The Bigs help their Littles create a vision for a positive future.

BBBS San Diego also provides Beyond the Walls–STEM in partnership with STEM companies and STEM professionals, and Beyond School Walls Sister2Sister in partnership with female professionals at local companies.

Employee Impact:*

96% agree that the program has positively impacted them
83% are more likely to work for a firm that has a reputation for volunteering in the community
85% plan to continue their mentorship beyond the first year
93% would recommend the program to colleagues

Impact On Children:*

Children mentored by Beyond School Walls Bigs:
• Improved their focus at school
• Improved their grades
• Believed that their Bigs were important to them
• Experienced a positive change in attitudes or perceptions
• Enjoyed the program

*Source: BBBS ofSoutheastern Pennsylvania 

Participating Beyond School Walls Partners:

• LPL Financial & Challenger Middle School
• Jack In The Box & Lewis Middle
• Bumble Bee Seafoods & Logan K-8 (Grades 6-8)
• Sempra Energy  and Jones Day & Logan K-8 (Grades 6-8)
• Qualcomm & Mira Mesa High School
• The Ken Blanchard Companies & Mission Middle

“Now I want to be a president of a company!”– Beyond School Walls Little

If your business is interested in hosting a Beyond School Walls program at your office, please contact Kelly Jensen at KellyJ@SDBigs.org.