Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters helps to instill hope, introduce children to positive and healthy activities, empower kids to set goals, and encourage them to grow into confident, competent members of the community. Positive outcomes from this one on one mentoring include increased self -esteem, improved student academic success, increased connection to the school community, and improved positive social interactions.
School-Based matches meet once a week at the Little's school during lunch or recess when school is in session. They may play games, read, make crafts, and talk about what's on the child's mind.
In Grinnell, traditionally all matches begin in our school based program, providing an extra layer of security. Some, but not all matches, transition into our Community Based program.
Community-Based matches meet during the week and/or on weekends doing things like
watching sporting events, playing games, going to the movies, developing hobbies, and volunteering.
E-Mentoring matches involve friendships between a middle schooler (Little) and a high school student (Big) primarily through email correspondence and occasional special events. Middle schoolers who would benefit from this type of mentoring are recommended by teachers at the end of 5th grade. The matches begin in the fall of 6th grade and often continue throughout the end of 7th grade.
For additional information about becoming a mentor please contact: Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters Grinnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.