Time Commitment: 3-5 Hours per Week
Location: In the Community
Activities: Could include going to the park, attending community and cultural events/activities, as well as just hanging out to listen to music and talk.
As Defenders of Potential, adult mentors (Bigs) serve as friends and role models for children and youth (Littles), ages 6 through graduation, in our community who are primarily from single-parent families or are being raised by their grandparents. By sharing experiences and providing guidance, Bigs can help Littles see all of life’s Possibilities and reach their full Potential. Bigs and Littles are matched based on compatibility. They share common interests, have complimentary personalities and live within a convenient distance from one another.
Bigs are asked to make at least a one-year commitment in the program but we’re hopeful they’ll continue until their Little turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever is the latter. Many of matches result in a lifelong friendship.
A professional staff person supports the match and has regular contact with the Big, Little and his/her parent/guardian to offer advice and support, encourage focus on the match goals, and to ensure the Little’s safety is always paramount.