April 2022 Accelerate Magazine

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee is a volunteer based oneon-one youth mentoring program serving Milwaukee andWaukesha counties. Big Brothers Big Sisters has been supporting local youth since 1975 and nationally since 1904. Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. This is achieved by matching volunteer “Bigs”with youth “Littles” to create long-lasting and strong mentoring relationships. The Bigs hold themselves accountable for each child in the program achieving educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters offers three unique mentoring options to cater to volunteers’ schedules and availability: Community-Based Bigs and Littles have 2-4 outings/ activities per month and maintain weekly communication. Match outings are flexible and easy to plan. Activities can include playing sports, going over schoolwork, visiting a museum, volunteering together, or just spending quality time together. BBBS also offers several free and planned activities monthly for matches to attend. mentor2.0 This high school mentoring program meets weekly online and monthly at the mentee’s school. This program intends to help high school students stay on the path to graduate high school, go to college, or find an apprenticeship in a trade of their choice. This is a great option for working professionals with limited spare time. School-Based Bigs and Littles meet weekly during the day at the child’s school. Together, they play games, work on homework, or participate in planned activities facilitated by BBBS staff. As many of the school locations are close to college partners, this is a great opportunity for college students to gain experience as Bigs. Being a volunteer mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great opportunity to give back to your community, have access to a network of other mentors, and have an overall rewarding experience. Big Brothers Big Sisters is always in need of more volunteers, especially men, to match with the youth waiting for a mentor. If you are interested in getting more engaged in your community, consider becoming a mentor to a child in need. Visit bbbsmilwaukee.org/volunteer to learn more and get started today! • TIME WITH 'LITTLES' HAS BIG COMMUNITY IMPACT CECELIA MURPHY Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee Pictured: Alyssa (Big) and Jonaya (Little) "I became a Big because I love working with kids and I wanted to make a meaningful impact on the community. BBBS was a natural fit and I knew that my little best friend was waiting for me." - Alyssa