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When people think of mentoring, they think of Big Brothers Big Sisters. That’s because for more than 100 years we’ve worked to develop a youth mentoring program that works. Our experienced approach to recruiting, screening, matching and supporting our mentoring relationships has resulted in thousands of lasting relationships, and helped change the lives of young people across the country.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County matches children between the ages of 6 and 14 with caring, committed volunteer mentors. Although we believe that every child can benefit from having a mentor in their lives, our program focuses on children living in homes with one or no biological parents.
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Please return to:Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County
2606 Peddlers Village Road Ste 205
Goshen, IN 46526
Note: the guardian of the child must complete and sign the application.
Kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:
- Are more confident
- Are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol
- Do better in school
- Get along better with their family and friends
- Feel better about themselves. 1
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Your child's safety is very important to us.
Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts a thorough background check on every volunteer and every match is regularly reviewed by a professional Match Support Specialist.
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Parents are our Partners.
Parents and guardians are an integral part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters match at every step of the process. We'll work closely with you because your input is important. Not only do you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once the match is made, parents remain closely involved in several key ways:
- Approving match activities and supporting your child's involvement.
- Asking your child questions about the match meetings and reporting any concerns to agency staff.
- Regularly reporting back to the agency about your child's progress and milestones in the match relationship- Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact you regularly, but we welcome your feedback at any time!
- Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, and communicating with your child about the training he or she receives.
Looking for more information? Review answers to commonly asked questions in our FAQs.
1 Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures