Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan

Our mission Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
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We provide mentors to children facing adversity by matching them 1-to-1 with a positive adult or high school mentor. Mentors are needed for a minimum commitment of 1 year depending on placement in either a school-based or community-based setting. Mentors must be in a stable situation in their personal life, work, and mental health. Mentors must pass background checks, application, screening, interview and other assessment by program staff. Mentors must be consistent, be able to follow guidelines and accept support and supervision from professional staff once matched with a child and for the duration of the relationship. The volunteer is there to be a friend/mentor, not a parent or counselor. Activities are based on the child's needs, the volunteers interests, and recommendations from professional staff. Activities center around hobbies, interests, academic needs, and generally fun for both the child and volunteer. Our goal is to help children develop into a caring, competent, and confident young adult; while succeeding in school and life. Volunteers are there to provide an alternative way of viewing life and how to handle experiences in a positive way.
    , Other
  • Academic Support
  • Weekly
  • Friendship/Socialization, Healthy Behaviors
  • On-site
  • Education, Social Skills
  • Elementary (5-10), Middle School, High School
  • Same One-to-One
  • Academically at Risk, Low Income Household
  • School
  • Adults, Adults (18+), 55+
  • Individuals, Male
  • 1 Full Year, More Than A Year
  • 1 Hour/Week
  • Weekday Afternoons
  • Moderate
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How you help There are many ways to help out. Volunteering your time is a great way to help our matches! In addition, helping out by sponsoring an event can make a difference in someone’s life forever.
About us Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The organization currently serves children in a 5 county region in Northwestern Michigan including Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse and Kalkaska counties.
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