Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley (BBBSCV) is a youth mentoring program that matches, one-to-one, at-risk children ages 6-13 with thoroughly-screened, responsible, caring, adult volunteers. Our mentors form positive relationships with children which enables them to develop self-confidence and improve academic performance while strengthening their community and family relationships.
Each mentor or “Big” spends consistent quality time with his or her child or “Little” to work toward individualized goals.
Our mentoring works…
Surveys show that children who are mentored through BBBSCV are:
- More confident
- Get along better with their families
- 52% less likely to skip school, and
- 46% less likely to start using drugs
BBBSCV provides a variety of mentoring services that target specific populations of children and offer great opportunities for community involvement and volunteerism.
- Community-Based Mentoring – a long-term mentoring relationship that targets at-risk children from primarily single parent homes. Matches engage in cultural and sporting events, visiting the library, reading together, working on homework, or sharing a meal together.
- School-Based Mentoring – Mentors visit their mentees at the child’s school one hour per week – having lunch together, attending special school events, and encouraging better academic performance.
- Camino al Éxito - What is Camino al Éxito? Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley has kicked-off Camino al Éxito (Road to Success), a program that matches Columbus growing Latino youth population with caring mentors. The goal of the program is to help middle school kids improve their academics, advance to the next grade level and prepare and encourage them to pursue college or employment. Statistics show that high school and college enrollment rates for Hispanic youth in our community are well below the rates of other ethnic groups. By enrolling your child or becoming a volunteer mentor, you can start changing the lives of these children and helping them get on the road to success. This program is currently in place at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and Baker Middle School.
- Mentoring Children of Prisoners – a long-term mentoring relationship that targets children who have a parent or older sibling who is incarcerated. Volunteers are trained to focus on dealing with issues that are specific to families that have an incarcerated member in order to reduce recidivism.
- Mentoring Military Children – targets children from the Ft. Benning Military Post whose parents are serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Volunteers are trained to address issues surrounding military family separation.
- Columbus Scholars Project – A long-term mentoring relationship that targets deserving, but disadvantaged 5th graders from Muscogee County and guarantees college funding with a goal of providing hope through education and support for character development.
It costs approximately $1,000 to make one match.
The assistance of our corporate and business sponsors, grants, volunteers, and donations are what help BBBSCV positively affect the lives of children in our community and build stronger families.
For more information visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley website at www.bbbschattvalley.org
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