Community Based (Traditional) Mentoring
Our Community Based Mentoring Program pairs at-risk youth between the ages of 7 and 15, in long-term, one-to-one relationships with adult volunteer mentors (who are at least 19 years old). ‘Littles’ and ‘Bigs’ are paired on the basis of personality, common interests, the child’s needs and the volunteer’s strengths. Together, the Big and Little decide on their outings and activities within the community. Although the program concludes after the ‘Little’ graduates High School, many relationships last a lifetime.
Site Based Mentoring
Site Based Mentoring pairs college students and working professionals with elementary and middle school students who may be in need of additional academic support or personal encouragement in a supervised group setting at a school or community site. Mentoring is typically 1 hour per week during the school year.
A variation of our community based program, which allows a married or partnered couple to mentor together. Being in a Big Couples match means you will be paired one-to-one with a deserving child between the age of 7 and 15. To serve our growing population of young men, BBBSOS highly encourages Big Couples to consider being matched with a boy.
Beyond School Walls
Beyond School Walls Companies partner with local elementary and middle schools to bring groups of their students out of the classroom and into the workplace. Curriculum includes structured STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based activities and mentoring sessions that will engage students in positive, empowering mentoring relationships, as well as excite them about learning and career exploration, particularly in STEM fields.
To inquire about volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State, please call or email Yuselly at 401-921-2434 x 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CAC Scholarship Fund, created in 2017, awards scholarships to former Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island (BBBSRI) “Littles” who are attending their second, third or fourth year of their post-secondary education or post-secondary training program. The CAC Scholarship is awarded based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need, and an express interest on pursuing an education. CAC Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, participation in extracurricular activities and submitted essay and are up to $10,000. The amount of each scholarship to an individual is determined by the number of eligible applicants. This scholarship is awarded without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation. The CAC Scholarship Fund donors wish to remain anonymous.
Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz Scholarship Application:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island invites graduating Littles in our program to apply for a one-time scholarship to be utilized for educational expenses. Eligible “Littles” in our program have the opportunity to receive monies up to $1,500.00, depending on number of applicants, for the first year of their post-secondary plan. Please read the application carefully and submit all parts in full by the due date stated below. Incomplete or late applications could be disqualified.