The beginning of Fall not only marks back to school time, but it also marks the busiest time of the year for our Site Based mentoring team. During this time, this team of 14 highly qualified professionals are launching over 50 Site Based Programs that will match over 1,000 students with a Big Brother or Big Sister.
So what's Site Based Mentoring? As you may already know, our Site Based Programs use the same one-to-one model as the Community Based Program, but takes place at a set location (Corporation, School, or Community Site) and time and provides a set of outcome focused structured activities led by a professionally trained Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Coordinator.
This year, our goal is to increase our programs to create 6 new programs for a total of 56 programs and match upwards of 1,200 children by the end of June.
Nationally recognized research shows that these programs help children avoid risky behaviors and improves educational expectations and peer and adult relationships.
To best explain these types of programs, we would like to introduce you to Anh (Little Sister) and Andrea (Big Sister), a match from our McCormick Club program located in Chicago's Uptown community.
Three years ago, Anh was very shy and reserved when she was first matched with Big Sister, Andrea.
Their friendship grew when Anh and Andrea discovered they have a common interest in making crafts, playing board games, and...a love for nutella!
Through these activities, Anh began to open up to Andrea and asked Andrea for advice on getting into Lane Tech College Prep. Now, a freshman at Lane Tech, Anh couldn't be happier with her decision and is grateful for all of Andrea's support with her decision.
Anh and Andrea are just one of our over 1,000 students that will participate in our Site Based Programs this year.