Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Phone: 

617-542-9090

Email: 

info@bbbsmb.org

Website: 

www.bbbsmb.org

Mission: 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay’s mission is to promote the healthy development of children through the nurturing of continuing, one-to-one friendships with caring, responsible adults, supported by trained professional staff. For more information please call 617-542-9090 or visit www.bbbsmb.org.

Location

75 Federal Street 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Becoming a Big takes just a few steps You: -Complete and submit the on-line application – we’ll contact you when we receive it -Submit names of references -Join us for a face to face interview (it’s helpful if you bring answers to the pre-interview questionnaire with you) We: -Review your application and references – we also do a background check -Get to know you, your background, interests and hobbies better in a 60-90 minute interview -Consider how well your skills and interests match those of youth on our waiting list and talk to both you and the family about this potential friendship -Set a date for you and the youth to meet, accompanied by an agency staff member. The process to qualify as a Big takes a few weeks: the time before you’re matched with a Little depends on how many youth living in your area and sharing your interests are waiting for Bigs.

Me? A Big Brother or Big Sister? Yes, you! It's really simple. All you need to do is have fun with a great kid doing stuff you already do (or want to do) like: play video games, play sports, enjoy free tickets to events, wash your car, go hiking, or watch TV. Whatever. You decide!

Big Sister Association

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 236-8060

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mission: 

The Big Sister Association of Greater Boston helps girls realize their full potential by providing them with positive mentoring relationships with women.

Location

Big Sister Association
161 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States
Key Partners: 
Key Partners: 

Boston Centers for Youth and Families

Boston Public Schools

Codman Square Neighborhood Council

Project R.I.G.H.T.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call us at (617) 236-8060 or visit http://www.bigsister.org.

Key Programs Offered: 
Key Programs Offered: 
 
ONE TO ONE MENTORING PROGRAMS
 
Community-Based Mentoring:  Our traditional program pairs a girl between the ages of 7 - 15 with an adult female mentor.  Big and Little Sisters enjoy a range of activities from arts and crafts and museum visits to sporting events and nature walks, or just taking the time to talk about what is going on in the Little Sister's life.

School-Based Mentoring:  This program creates a one-to-one mentoring relationship between a Big and Little Sister.  This program takes place in a school setting and is designed specifically for elementary school girls (grades 2 - 8).  Matches meet during the Little Sister's lunch time or after-school program throughout the academic year, and are encouraged to keep in touch via letters or e-mails over the summer months.

New! Neighborhood-Based Mentoring:  This one-to-one mentoring program matches a Big Sister with a middle-school aged Little Sister.  Matches will meet for an hour and a half at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester on Saturday afternoons.  Big and Little Sisters spend time doing one-to-one activities together and group activities with the other matches in the program. 

 

GROUP MENTORING PROGRAMS

Big Sister’s Group Mentoring programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of girls between the ages of 11-17; a time when peers begin to have a strong influence on a girl’s choices and decisions. Big Sister offers two Group Mentoring programs:

Life Choices:  Life Choices creates a safe space where Little Sisters can openly explore the choices and challenges they face in their lives. Life Choices groups meet once a week for 90 minutes in schools or community centers, as well as in the Boston Court Clinic and are facilitated by experienced Big Sister social workers or Masters of Social Work (MSW) level interns.  Groups run for approximately 15 weeks. 

Team Enhanced Approach to Mentoring (TEAM):  Like Life Choices, TEAM creates a safe space where Little Sisters can openly explore the choices and challenges they face in their lives.  However, the distinguishing characteristic between Life Choices and TEAM is that TEAM adds mentors to the mix by bringing in groups of volunteers (Big Sisters) to mentor the girls. TEAM groups are led by experienced social workers and/or Masters of Social Work (MSW) interns in conjunction with the Big Sisters. 

 

 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/25/2010

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