Volunteering for Big Brothers as an In-School Mentor

Volunteering for Big Brothers as an In-School Mentor

By: Jerry Lee
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Most of us usually had someone to look up to when we were growing up. Someone to hangout with while we asked him or her all sorts of questions as we slowly explored the world, someone that would show us the coolest yo-yo trick or the latest video games, or someone that would be there for us when we went through hard times at school. However, not everyone is blessed with this special person.

The Big Brothers In-School Mentoring Program can help the less fortunate who do not have a role model in his or her life. It allows you to be that special person. This program matches adult volunteers with at-risk children in the community. The volunteers and the children spend one hour per week during school hours on school grounds hanging out together. They will participate in fun activities such as playing sports, drawing, or just chatting as they relax in the sun. It is non-academic so no tutoring involved. The purpose is to just help these at-risk children become more sociable or develop positive values through the presence of an older role model that cares about them.

Being involved in this program is also a great volunteer experience that allows you to develop essential skills. Through guiding a young child in many activities, you can work on your own leadership as well as communication skills while the child can feel your care for him or her. It is a great way to develop yourself and give back to the community!

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply at http://www.bigbrothersvancouver.com/getinvolved/volunteer/

Posted on November 12, 2013