School Based Mentoring


School Based Mentoring

Can 1 hour a week change a life?

The School-Based program enables Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana to reach out to more    

children and to utilize volunteers that find it easier to give their time during the work day.

This program matches children ages 6-13 with volunteers who spend once a week with the same child for the duration of the school year.

The children have requested to participate in the program or their teachers feel they can benefit from additional one-on-one attention from a special adult friend. Matches meet at the child’s school at a designated time and place for one hour once a week.

Bigs & Littles will enjoy activties like:

Reading books or studying together

Hanging out on the playground or in the school's gym

Walking the school track & talking

Arts & Crafts

Play board Games

Utilize the school's library or computer lab

And so much more!

School Based Program Requirements

Child Requirements

(1) Attend one of the four schools listed below.

(2) Must be at least six years of age.

(3) Must have a completed application and permission slip signed by a parent or legal guardian.

(4) Must agree to have contact with a Big Brothers Big Sisters employee on a monthly basis for the life of his or her match.

(5) Make a minimum of a 12-month commitment.

 

Volunteer Requirements

(1) Volunteers must be able to meet the child at their school for at least one hour a week during the school year.

(2)Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

(3) Submit an application, complete an interview with agency staff, and complete the screening process (layered criminal history record check, fingerprinting and two positive references)

(4) Make a minimum of a 12-month commiment.

(5) Must have reliable transportation to get to their school every week. 

(6) Must agree to have contact with a Big Brothers Big Sisters employee on a monthly basis for the life of his or her match.