Like our community-based program, our site-based programs offer one-to-one mentoring for youth in the community. Big Brothers Big Sisters has 3 distinct programs that take place on-site at our partner corporations’ offices or at participating schools and are facilitated by our team.
MentorU leverages the proven power of mentoring for college and career success. This mentoring program partners with a local high school, where the high school students communicate with their mentors through online portals as well as meet up once a month at their high school. MentorU provides screened and trained volunteer mentors for incoming freshmen enrolled in an academic enrichment class for students facing academic and personal challenges intended to keep them on track for graduation and success. The mission of MentorU is to help high school students develop personal, academic and career skills.
Interlake High School
This site-based, Beyond School Walls program matches a local corporation with a school in our community. Employee mentors (or “Bigs”) are matched, one-to-one with a student from the partner school and the matches meet in a group setting once a month at the partner corporation. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides the after school transportation and facilitates the sessions. This program provides the opportunity for youth to experience careers and professions they may not have had access to. This program follows a curriculum designed by our team to focus on career exploration, relationship building, college readiness with a unique and tailored spin for each organization.
Mentors meet with their Little during the school year at their Little’s elementary school, after school hours. This is not a tutoring program, rather the focus is on social/emotional activities. Of course, some Littles do talk with their mentors 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.
DeLong Elementary School, Tacoma Public Schools