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Mentoring Programs

Mentoring Programs

We offer two core types of donor-funded programs: Community-Based Mentoring and Site-Based Mentoring.

Community-Based Mentoring Programs

Spending time together out in the local community is how Bigs and Littles develop their relationship. After all, to change a child’s perspective of the world, you need to spend time out in it.

Many relationships between Bigs and Littles fall under our Community-Based programs. These are one-to-one outings and activities, where mentors and mentees do things they enjoy together, like:

  • Playing basketball or going for a walk in the park
  • Going to museum
  • Cooking a meal together
  • Listening to music or just talk
  • Attending a sporting event

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 with most of our programs, these Bigs and Littles spend time together 2 – 4 times each month. For more information, please contact Louise Phillips at lphillips@independencebigs.org or call 215.701.8105.

Site-Based Mentoring Programs

Sometimes the best place for enjoying activities together is at the child’s school or in the workplace. And, the best part is, it can be a great learning experience, in or out of the classroom.

We offer three main types of Site-Based Mentoring Programs:

1. Beyond School Walls:

Through this program, businesses and corporations support their communities by mentoring children from nearby schools in the workplace.  Twice a month, children meet their employee volunteer Bigs at their office for an hour during lunchtime.  The program gives Littles an opportunity to experience the corporate world first-hand and to set goals for the future.  Since Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region launched this program in 2007, it has grown to now include more than 20 corporate partners, including Comcast, QVC and Urban Outfitters.  For more information about volunteering through Beyond School Walls, contact Calie Condo at ccondo@independencebigs.org or 215.701.8110. For information about involving your corporation or school in Beyond School Walls, contact Jennifer Carroll  at jcarroll@independencebigs.org or 484.653.1454.

2. College Bigs:

Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region is proud to collaborate with nine colleges and universities throughout the region for our College Bigs program.  This version of our mentoring model pairs college students with elementary and middle school students who attend a school nearby the college campus. From September through May, mentors and mentees meet for an hour a week at the mentee’s school during lunchtime or after school.  Our current college partners are: University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, La Salle University, University of the Sciences, St. Joe’s University, Philadelphia University, Ursinus College, Rutgers University, and Rowan UniversityQuestions? For more information, contact Calie Condo at ccondo@independencebigs.org or 215.701.8110.

3. Corporate Bigs:

Through this Site-Based Mentoring Program, professionals in the Center City area give back to their community by mentoring children at nearby schools once a week during lunchtime throughout the school year.  We currently partner with Independence Charter School and Russell Byers Charter School, with Bigs coming from more than a dozen local businesses. For more information, contact Calie Condo at ccondo@independencebigs.org or 215.701.8110.

Specialty Mentoring Programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region (BBBS Independence) currently runs a specialty mentoring program, under the umbrella of Community-Based Mentoring, called Back on Track.

Back on Track

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency is funding a pilot program with the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office to work directly with BBBS Independence matching eligible youth with mentors.  This innovative project, called Back on Track, funds matches for 60 Montgomery County children who are 11-15 years old and involved in the juvenile justice system. For more information, please contact Yvonne McPeak at ymcpeak@independencebigs.org or 484.653.1156.