Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake
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!
Bigs In School provides one-to-one mentoring at elementary and middle school schools, in partnership with businesses, universities, high schools, and individuals.
- Dr# Rayner Browne Academy, 1000 N Montford Avenue, 21213 - Mondays
- Tench Tilghman, 600 N Patterson Park Avenue, 21205 - Wednesdays
- Community School, 1101 N Wolfe Street, 21213 - Wednesdays
- Collington Square, 1409 N Collington Avenue, 21213 - Tuesdays
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:
- Fund raising committees
- Special events committees
- Office volunteers give a couple of hours a week or month working in our friendly environment helping our very appreciative staff
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.
A wise and trusted friend and guide.
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.
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.
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.