Mentoring Kids for Success
Big Brothers Big Sisters of DeKalb County is part of a national program that provides successful mentoring programs for all children who need and want them, free of charge. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of DeKalb operates two programs:
A community-based program that matches children ages 5-16 with adult mentors over the age of 18. These mentors spend eight hours a month with the child, for a minimum of one year.
A site-based program, available at four area elementary schools for periods of 22 weeks. Children stay after school and are matched with high school volunteers.
Children who are mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters are generally more confident and have greater self-esteem, are less likely to do drugs or drink alcohol, have greater academic success, and get along better with family and friends. Volunteer mentors often say that they may not see a difference in a child’s behavior immediately, but five or even ten years later, that child is doing remarkably better than anyone would have expected.
Who can volunteer? You! Volunteers have ranged from high school and college students to retired military personnel; there is no “typical” Big Brother or Big Sister. For a small amount of time every month, you can make a significant impact on a child’s life simply by being his or her friend.
Contact Laura at 815-758-8616 to schedule an orientation or to enroll in the program.