Did you know teenagers can be Big Brothers/Big Sisters too? Spending just one hour per week during the school year can have a big impact on a Little who is looking for a friend to look up to. Portland/Vancouver teens are invited to contact BBBS to learn more about volunteering at one of 3 schools with Teen Big programs. From the Big Brother Big Sister Columbia Northwest website:
Our Teen Big Mentoring Program matches teens from community high schools who are looking to make a difference in a child’s life by spending time with an elementary student, at a nearby school. In this program you will make a positive connection with a young child and also gain valuable experience. This is not a classroom program, and it’s not tutoring — it’s about being a friend to a child.
As a school-based Teen Big Brother or Sister, you meet at an elementary school — close to your high school, one hour per week after-school for the duration of the school year. The hour is spent having fun, playing games or sports, doing arts or crafts or just hanging out on the playground. Teen Big volunteers range in age from 15 to 19 years old. During the summer months, there are opportunities for Teen Big matches to meet and keep in touch.
We currently have 3 Teen Big programs running for the 2012-13 school year:
Sifton Elementary, Vancouver, WA (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Burton Elementary, Vancouver, WA (contact email@example.com)
Baltazar Ortiz Community Center, Portland, OR (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)