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SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake

3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 250
Baltimore, MD 21211
Contact: Leon J. Henry, Director of Outreach
Email: lhenry@biglittle.org  
Phone: 410-243-4000 ext. 231
Fax: 410-889-2239
Website: www.biglittle.org

Site Specialist for Bigs in Schools: Courtney Harris, charris@biglittle.org

Function of Organization:

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership is to help children reach their fullest potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships through a full range of youth mentoring programs with measurable impact.  Our vision is to provide caring adults in the life of every child in need, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities in Maryland!

Involvement Opportunities:

Volunteer Programs:

Bigs In School provides one-to-one mentoring at elementary and middle school schools, in partnership with businesses, universities, high schools, and individuals.

Bigs in School - East Baltimore

Community One-to-One is the traditional Big Brother Big Sister program. It is the foundation on which all of our programs are built.  Amachi Big Brothers Big Sisters provides one-to-one mentoring to children of prisoners, in partnership with local faith organizations.  Amachi means "who knows but what God has brought us through this child "Talent-to-Share is a special interest volunteer program for individuals who want to share their unique talents and knowledge. Some of these opportunities include:

Mentors are asked to make a commitment of 1 academic school year# Summer mentorships are also available. Maryland Mentoring Partnership will provide training for all mentors. Locations are available through multiple schools throughout the city and state.

Mentor:

A wise and trusted friend and guide.

Mentoring:

A committed relationship between an adult and youth or the youth's family focused on developing the character and the capabilities of the young person.

Informal Mentoring:

A natural or unstructured connection between a caring adult and a young person that validates the youth and creates a safe, supportive and positive relationship outside of an organized, mentoring focused program e.g., family/extended family members, neighbors, coaches, teachers, adults at church, etc.

Formal Mentoring:

A connection between a caring adult and a young person that validates the youth and creates a safe, supportive, and positive relationship where the participants come together through an organized mentoring-focused program e.g., community agency programs, school tutoring programs, youth organizations, organized church programs, etc.

A Mentor may play many roles: guide, friend, listener, cheerleader, confidant, responsible adult, coach, tutor, link to other cultures, attitudes and behaviors, brother/sister.

A Mentor's role is not to act as a: savior, foster parent, therapist, parole officer, cool peer.

Recipe for Mentoring:

A little bit of time
A heart full of caring
Two good listening ears
A handful of encouragement
An ounce of understanding
And a whole lot of patienceMix all of the ingredients together to make a difference in a child's life.