School-Based Mentoring

It may sound obvious, but sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at school. Kids enjoy having their Bigs meet with them there, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground. And parents know what a positive impact it makes. Two of our School-Based programs include:

  • School Friends
It’s teacher-approved.

Some of the biggest supporters of our School-Based Mentoring program are actually teachers. They see students come back from their time with their Big filled with confidence, smiling big, ready to learn and eager to succeed.

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Although it takes place at schools, our School-Based Mentoring program isn’t limited to the classroom. Of course, some Littles do talk with their Bigs about class, or do homework, or read together, but it’s perfectly fine to shoot hoops in the gym or play on the playground. At the end of the day, it’s really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring them to reach their potential.

At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we have tremendous confidence in our ability to impact children and put them on the right path. But it means even more when an outside study comes to the same conclusion.  Click to learn more about our Nationwide School-Based Mentoring Study.

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Contact Karen Tway at 608-325-7855 or for more information on our School-Based Mentoring programs.

School Friends Program

Through the consistent support and guidance you provide your Little in the School Friends program, you can have a lasting impact on the life of a child in your community. School Friends Bigs are matched on-to-one to a child and visit them at their school once per week. You and your “Little” can share in fun activities such as:

  • Reading together
  • Playing a card or board game
  • Doing a craft project
  • Simply hanging out and talking
Eligibility for the School Friends Program:
  • A willingness to make a BIG difference in the life of a child!
  • Ability to get together weekly over the school year.Be willing to commit to being matched for a minimum of two semesters.
Application Process:
  • Apply: The application is available through our office and asks for general information about  you in addition to contact information for three references. It also gives us permission to conduct a background check.
  • Interview/Orientation: During this 60-to-90 minute confidential meeting with an Enrollment and Match Specialist, we will ask you to share background information and describe the activities that you enjoy. This helps us identify a Little Brother or Little Sister who will be a good match for you. You will also learn more about being a Big is like and leave with any questions you have answered.
  • Meet Your Little: On your first day, you will meet your new Little, play and get to know each other. A Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Support Specialist will be there to answer any questions and coach you as you develop a relationship with your new Little.