The Community-Based Mentoring Program is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring model that matches McHenry County children ages 6 - 18 with an adult mentor, a Big. After the Match is made, the Big and Little spend time together for a few hours 2-4 times per month doing activities that interest them. These Matches go out into the community and participate in a variety of activities, such as biking/hiking, lunch/dinner, local festivals, attending workshops/classes and so much more. The possibilities are endless!
- Throw a Football Around
- Eating a Meal Together
- Visiting a Museum
- Providing Support, Advice and Inspiration
- Arts and Crafts
- Nature walks/hikes, visit local parks, or just being active outdoors
- Volunteering in the Community
And here's what we've found:
- Littles have an increased self confidence
- Littles have future aspirations and set goals after high school
- Littles are less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- Littles are less likely to begin drinking alcohol
- Little's grades improve and they are more likely to graduate
- Littles show improved classroom behavior
- Littles have better relationships with friends and family
- Littles are less likely to react with violence when upset
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Pass background check (s) (Any adults such as a spouse, adult children age 18 or older, etc. living in your household must also pass a background check
- Have a valid drivers license, insurance, and vehicle
- Commit to 18 months in the program
Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters recgognizes a few of our outstanding Bigs and Littles in the McHenry County program.
Check out our current Bigs & Littles of the Year!