Changing Perspectives. Changing Lives.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Grand Rapids helps children and teens realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture youth and strengthen communities and believe that inherent in every young person is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.
As Grand Rapids’ largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters:
Makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children and teens (“Littles”).
Is proven by independent studies to help youth and families through our signature one-to-one mentoring.
Improves the odds that the children and teens in our programs will perform better in school, avoid violence and illegal activities, have stronger relationships with their parents and peers and succeed as adults.
Workplace Mentoring Program:
Nine month, 1:1 youth mentoring program
On-site at company in cafeteria or common area
Students transported to corporate office
Preplanned, structured sessions staffed by a BBBS Program Coordinator
Company employees matched 1:1 with students based on personalities and preferences
Sessions include relationship, educational, and skill building activities
Semi-monthly, 1.5 hour sessions schedules toward the end of the workday
Complete application, enrollment interview and training on-site at company
Complete background check and reference checks
Be able to volunteer the entire program year
Be consistent – attend at least 80% of sessions
Be open, caring and have a friendly attitude
Respond to surveys and program evaluations to help measure impact of program on Littles
We are currently working on our pilot program with Mill Steel Company.
For more information about implementing Bigs In Business at your company, contact Patty Neuhoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.284.5864.