Link Up Mentoring
Bigs serve as mentors for a small group of high school students. Weekly group mentoring sessions (on and off-site) explore teens' interests and provide a variety of fun opportunities. Groups are facilitated by a BBBSF staff member alongside other mentors. These ongoing and structured mentoring meetings include different activities such as visiting interesting places and developing positive relationships within the group and out in the community.
Community Based Mentoring
Bigs are matched with a Little between the ages of 6 and 15 in a one-on-one mentoring relationship. Getting together is a great time for both the Big and the Little. It doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a few hours every month to share the simple things you already like to do. Things like….
Shooting hoops Playing a board games Sharing a pizza
Taking a walk in the park Discovering new places Just hanging out and talking
Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.
Couples in a committed relationship often find that sharing the responsibility of a Little Brother fits well within the time constraints of a busy life. Ask about a couples match if this sounds like a good option for you!
School Based Mentoring
Bigs are matched with a Little in 1st - 5th grade at one of 5 local Elementary schools. Matches meet after school once a week for ten weeks in the Fall and ten weeks in the Spring semesters.
School Based Mentoring focuses on developing friendships within the school environment and providing positive role models to the children in our programs. School Based matches are one-on-one and are supervised by a facilitator who plans activities, provides snacks and oversees the sessions. School Based matches also have an option of continuing their match through the summer months if the Big, Little and Guardian agree to do so.
Step Up Mentoring
A collaboration between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff and Coconino Juvenile Court Services, Step Up Mentoring connects local teens to positive resources in their community with the help of appropriate adult mentors. Weekly group mentoring sessions (on and off-site) explore teens' interests and provide a variety of unique opportunities for success. These ongoing and structured mentoring meetings include different activities such as visiting interesting places and forging contacts with constructive people. Through establishing and strengthening these relationships teens experience a positive support system that they can rely on.
Alongside engaged adult mentors young people can build confidence, competence and caring, which can continue to develop into long term community connections.
All teen participants have had some involvement with the Juvenile Justice System and this program is an opportunity for them to engage in healthy alternatives to various high risk behaviors. Activities on and off-site include visits from guest speakers, field trips, job shadowing, sports and outdoor recreation, as well as other possibilities. Mentors are often just the type of positive influence that a young person needs to realize their own potential and navigate through the difficult teen years.