Volunteer

Boys and Girls Club in need of West Valley volunteers

"Bigs" needed for new group mentorship program

Posted 8/23/22

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona is in desperate need of volunteers after launching its new group mentorship program with a grant from the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation.

The …

This story requires a subscription for $5.99/month.

Already have an account? Log in to continue.

Current print subscribers can create a free account by clicking here.

Otherwise, click here to subscribe.

To Our Valued Readers –

Visitors to our website will be limited to five stories per month unless they opt to subscribe. The five stories do not include our exclusive content written by our journalists.

For $5.99, less than 20 cents a day, digital subscribers will receive unlimited access to YourValley.net, including exclusive content from our newsroom and access to our Daily Independent e-edition.

Our commitment to balanced, fair reporting and local coverage provides insight and perspective not found anywhere else.

Your financial commitment will help to preserve the kind of honest journalism produced by our reporters and editors. We trust you agree that independent journalism is an essential component of our democracy. Please click here to subscribe.

Sincerely,
Charlene Bisson, Publisher, Independent Newsmedia

Please log in to continue

Log in
I am anchor
Volunteer

Boys and Girls Club in need of West Valley volunteers

"Bigs" needed for new group mentorship program

Posted

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona is in desperate need of volunteers after launching its new group mentorship program with a grant from the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation.

The purpose of the BBBSAZ Mentoring Program is to create and support mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. 

The collaborative program will match volunteer mentors (Bigs) to children in need of a positive role model (Littles). The Bigs will meet regularly with a small group of Littles on-site at Boys & Girls Club where Bigs will provide homework assistance, friendship, and model positive behavior. 

“We are so excited to be partnering with the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley at the Colangelo Branch,” said Laura Capello, President and CEO of BBBSAZ. 

“While the majority of our mentoring relationships have been one-to-one matches, we are finding that group mentoring is making a big impact in the areas where we have lots of young people waiting, and not enough mentors to serve them. Kids just want someone to talk to and support them, and this absolutely meets that need. We want to meet kids where they are and this is helping us do that.”

Youth who grow up in disadvantaged communities face numerous challenges that their peers with more resources do not. Some of the youth served by BBBSAZ and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley face multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), with home lives that can be unsafe or unstable. 

Without additional support and proper intervention, these youth are more likely to grow up and find themselves struggling with education or involved with crime or drug use. Having a caring adult role model is a key protective factor in helping youth build resiliency. 

Using a group mentorship model, volunteers will be able to serve multiple youth each time they meet. 

Volunteer mentors are needed on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 4:00- 5:00 pm at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley Colangelo Branch in Phoenix.  A one-year commitment is required. For more information on taking the first step in the enrollment process please visit: www.bbbsaz.org/volunteer