Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County provides one-to-one mentoring through three umbrellas of programming: (1) Community-based Mentoring, (2) Site-based Mentoring, (3) Workplace-based Mentoring. Across programs, the foundational model remains the same: one child (“Little”) is intentionally “matched” with an adult volunteer (“Big”) in a long-term, professionally supported mentoring relationship. And no matter when a child enters a program, there’s no limit to where he or she can go.
Community-Based Mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters’ program, where Bigs and Littles get together on their own to share fun activities they both enjoy. The Community Program is flexible to accommodate a variety of schedules. Volunteers must meet with a child from 2-5 hours, 2-4 times a month for a minimum of one year.
An assortment of activity options and ideas are provided along with the training and support of a professional Big Brother Big Sisters Match Support Specialist to ensure a positive experience for both the child and volunteer. Getting together is a great time for both the Big and the Little. It doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a few hours every month to share the simple things you already like to do.
Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.
As a Sports Big, you hang out with your Little twice a month to play a sport and/or to attend a sporting event. Free/low cost tickets to professional and collegiate sporting events are provided as they become available for you and your Little. Bigs and Littles can also attend quarterly sports/health clinics sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) states – Aerobic activity should make up most of your child’s 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day. 22.6% do not engage in any free-time physical activity. Improving levels of physical activity among this population requires innovative solutions that motivate children. We believe Big Brothers Big Sisters Sports Bigs program can not only motivate, but also inspire children to live an active and healthy lifestyle, encouraged by a caring adult and supported by an organization offering fun, physical, ongoing activities.
Bigs and Littles in the Site-Based Programs enjoy activities on site at the school or community center, such as playing on the playground, playing board games, making crafts, working on program specific curriculum, or just spending time talking together. Sessions include one-on-one activities that facilitate character building and relationship development, as well as having fun. A Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member is on location for all program sessions to facilitate and support the matches.
Operation Bigs and High School Bigs meet with their Littles on the same day each week for one hour, during the school year.
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Bigs and Littles in the Workplace-Based Programs enjoy activities on site at the corporate office. Beyond School Walls meets with their Littles at the Corporate host site twice a month for 1.5 hours, during the school year.
The purpose of the program is to expose youth to the world of work, provide them with an adult role model, and help them create a vision for a positive future. Each program day the Big and Little will discuss topics that aid children with building life and leadership skills, while having fun and building a friendship. There are two subsets of the Beyond School Walls program: STEM and Sister2Sister. Learn More about Beyond School Walls unique programming >