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Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentors
A BBBSP mentor is an adult who volunteers to spend time with a child facing adversity. The mentors come from diverse backgrounds just like the kids in the program. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit!
Many people want to give back and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Poland is a terrific opportunity to get involved. If you care about kids and are willing to put in a little time and effort to help change their lives, you could be a great Big Brother or Big Sister.
How Mentoring Works
Mentors are expected to meet with a child 2-4 times a month for at least an hour and we ask the mentors and children to commit to the match for at least 1 year. The mentor and child go on a variety of outings, which may include a walk in the park, watching a movie, having lunch, playing soccer or simply having a conversation. Over time, the mentor and child establish a relationship so that the child knows there is someone in addition to a parent who can provide support and positive guidance. Relationships between the mentors and a child are supported continually by professionally trained Big Brothers Big Sisters of Poland staff.
When someone volunteers to become a mentor to a child, they participate in the BBBSP matching process which helps us create a lasting relationship between a child and a mentor. Throughout the matching process, the BBBSP staff meet with parents, children and mentors to find out more about each person. Based upon the background, life experience, schedules, personalities and interests of both the mentors and children, BBBSP staff propose what they believe is the best match options. Only when the mentor, parent AND child agree do we formally schedule a match meeting where the mentor and the child and parent meet each other for the first time. At the match meeting, someone from our staff also attends to make the introductions, revisit the program’s guidelines and answer questions.
Once the match is made, one of our staff will check in frequently with the parent, the child and the mentor, particularly at the earliest stages of the match, to see how the friendship is developing and to offer ideas and to provide one-to-one coaching/training as needed. The check in is done in person, on email and over the phone. This also provides a structured way of identifying challenges and strengthening the communication between the mentor, the child, the family, and agency staff. Keeping in touch with agency staff throughout the match is one of the requirements of the program.