Big Brothers Big Sisters offers in-school mentoring program
Big Brothers Big Sisters will once again be offering an in-school mentoring program, which will facilitate a friendship between a high school student and an elementary school student.
In its second year, the in-school program, offered separately from the traditional Big Brothers program, will pair “bigs” and “littles” for one hour a week to play together, read together, or simply spend time together.
Mentoring Coordinator Pam Bragg said the program is designed to provide children with another friend who cares about them.
“Every kid deserves someone in their life,” said Bragg. “Each one needs another person who thinks they’re important.”
And while the mentoring program is meant to benefit the younger children, Bragg adds that the older students who share their time and talents will get something out of the friendship as well.
“We all have teens in our lives that we are proud of,” said Bragg. “Parents, think about your teens in grade 10-12 and what they could give to a younger child.”
Time teens spend with their buddy is not meant to seem like babysitting or tutoring, rather the pair will participate in activities and enjoy each other’s company.
“You’re not allowed to counsel them, leave the school grounds or discipline them, but you are allowed to have fun,” said Bragg.
Teens interested in being a mentor can talk to Mr. Boden at Merritt Secondary School, visit the Community Policing Office, or contact Bragg in Kamloops at 250-374-6134.