Making The Connection
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for youth in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as: educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships.
National research has shown that positive relationships between youth and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters have a direct and measurable impact on their lives.
Little Brothers & Sisters are…
More confident in their schoolwork performance
Able to get along
better with their families
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County focuses on one-to-one, community-based mentoring relationships. This is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship, where volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and youth (“Littles”) get together on their own to share fun activities they both enjoy. Matches typically meet 2-4 times a month, for 1-5 hours at a time.
Getting together is a great time for both the Big and the Little. It doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a few hours every month to share the simple things people like you already enjoy doing.
Whatever it is the Big enjoys, odds are they will enjoy it even more with a Little- and they’ll be making a life-changing impact. Volunteering just a few hours every month with a youth can start something amazing, for both the Big and the Little.
Cooking or sharing a meal
Going to a movie
Taking a walk in the park
Hanging out and talking
Be A Big For A Little
With Site-based mentoring, Bigs and Littles meet once a week during the school day. After sharing lunch, they can read together, shoot hoops, play a board game, or just talk. Just like Community-based mentoring, it’s really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring Littles to reach their potential.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County is planning to launch Site-based mentoring in two local schools in the fall of 2017, We are currently recruiting volunteers, so if you are interested in sharing your lunch hour one day a week with a local youth who needs a friend, let us know!
Be A Volunteer
We are now accepting site-based mentoring volunteers. Please let us know of your interest in our program by clicking the button below.
Commonly Asked Questions
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County (BBBSEC) focuses on one-to-one, community based mentoring relationships, which help youth in the program develop confidence, competency and caring.
Couples wanting to volunteer together can become a Big Couple. Families can volunteer as a Big Family.
Overall, the agency is funded by private donations, grants and fundraising activities. The agency is a not-for-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible. Participants may be asked to help with fundraising and promotional activities.
Although many activities can be low cost or even free, there is an expectation that the Big will cover the cost of the outings. The agency offers some free match events throughout the year, and will often post calendars and activities on the BBBS website with free community events. (Reasonable unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the volunteer for the Little and mileage may be tax deductible.)
Youth enter the program by referral from parents, school, or social service agencies, and by the consent of the parent or guardian only. The parent and youth must agree to interviews for social history and understand that youth are matched as volunteers become available.
All information is treated in a confidential manner. Services are provided without regard to race, age, sex, religion, handicap, national origin or ancestry.
Big Orientation & Training
All potential volunteer Bigs must attend an in-person Orientation and Training session. Other interested community members are welcome to attend.
RSVP for Training
Training takes place at our office located at:
2606 Peddlers Village Road Ste 205
Goshen, IN 46526.