As we near the end of the year, we will be sharing all the things we are grateful for this year with each of our JBBBSLA programs. We know it’s been a challenging year, but there have been many bright spots, and we wanted to share them with you! Each week we will be spotlighting a different program. Next up: Mentoring.
When the pandemic started, our Mentorship Department knew they had to act fast to keep Bigs and Littles engaged in new and interesting ways, knowing they would be supporting over 300 children and teens by year’s end! Our team came up with endless lists of fun ways to engage via Zoom, FaceTime, and Netflix Party. We reached out more frequently to check in on our community since we knew the stress of the pandemic was affecting everyone.
Our fabulous colleagues in community outreach began putting together virtual events all the way back in May, most curated just for our matches in a private group. Thanks to Zoom, our matches got to enjoy a personalized tour of the Petersen Automotive Museum; they made Shabbat challah together; they participated in yoga, dance, cooking and magic classes, observed tiger training and more. As we headed into winter, we held a virtual Hanukkah celebration with a candle-lighting ceremony, music and games, and have more virtual activities planned for the new year.
We also have been holding virtual Mentor Roundtables, supporting our Bigs during what is a more challenging period for matches, and keeping our community alive. Our staff is available and engaged so that every match can continue building or maintaining a meaningful connection on-line and have fun at the same time.
Click below to hear from one of our Littles, Leo, who shared a special birthday message for his mentor, Cory.
With so many of our Littles still at home, they benefit enormously from mentors who encourage and model smart daily behaviors. Whether it’s building healthy relationships, finishing homework, or saying “no” when it counts – these connections have a noticeable influence on our Little’s growth and success. It also gives them a chance to interact with the outside world safely, helping to reduce any feelings of isolation during COVID.
When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and make positive, healthy choices.
If you would like more information on our mentorship program, click here!
Next up: we will tell you all about College Guidance!