Site-Based Volunteer Training. Our Mission. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to help children reach their potential through one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. YES! Good Example Mentor Friend Positive Influence Consistent and Dependable
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Site-Based Volunteer Training
The Big Brothers Big Sisters
Mission is to help children reach
their potential through one-to-one
relationships with mentors that have
a measurable impact on youth.
Consistent and Dependable
Set boundaries and limits
Decide activities together
New experiences and perspectives
Promotes positive youth development
Sense of self
Sense of future
Enthusiasm for learning
Unique volunteer experience
New opportunities for learning
Making a difference
Being a kid again!
-Children may ask you inappropriate questions… redirect them!
-Remember there are people listening at all times. Just because you’re in the hall doesn’t mean no one is listening.
A Top Priority:Child Safety
Children’s safety is our #1 priority. We focus on the child’s safety and well-being throughout the match.
We do this by providing:
Child abuse prevention programs for children
Guidelines for boundaries
Ongoing required Match Support contact
Supervisors at each site
1. Respect the child’s need for personal space and privacy.
2. Affection is best expressed through positive/affirming comments. High fives are a great way to say good job! If a child would like to hug you, side hugs are sometimes acceptable.
3. Respect the opinions and values of the child, even when they differ from your own.
4. Never come between the parent/guardian & child; respect parental role and authority
Relationship Development and Maintenance
Transition and “Closure”
Strategies for Common Problems
What do I do?
“My Little doesn’t show appreciation.”
Tip 1. Get on the child’s level
Tip 2. Allow the child to say as much as possible
Tip 3. Listen carefully for the child’s feelings, thoughts, and beliefs
Tip 4. Use the child’s key words when communicating with them
Tip 5. Avoid trying to “fix” things for the child or rescue them
Tip 6. Be concrete, use terms they understand
Tip 7. Allow for periods of silence in the communication
Tip 8. You need to remain calm to work well with the child
Tip 9. If the child’s problem directly affects you, share your thoughts and feelings with the child
Tip 10. Ask the child for information and have them discover the solutions rather than telling them answers
No! don't run in the hall…
No! don't stand on the table…
No! don't eat the glue…
“I’m worried that you are disrupting other people by running in the hallway, please stay with the group.”
“I don’t know if it a good idea to stand on the table. You could fall and get really hurt.”
“I think you may get a stomach ache if you continue to eat the glue.”
BBBS Support:How BBBS Works with You & Your Little
Our goal is for you to form a safe and lasting friendship with your little! We do this by helping you through obstacles, answering questions and concerns you may have, and providing additional training.
Little Brothers and Little Sisters who met with their Big Brothers or Sisters for at least one year were:
Almost across the board these outcomes are higher for minority youth. For example:
Thank You For Volunteering!