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One to One in 2021
We're kicking off the New Year with a recruitment effort to match 30 waiting Littles with adult mentors and train another 70 college and high school students to serve as “Virtual Bigs” to mentor area youth, with hopes of returning to in-person programming this year. “One to One in 2021” is part of National Mentoring Month, a time dedicated to recognizing our current Bigs, and share their stories to help recruit new mentors from throughout midcoast, eastern and central Maine.
Community-based matches meet a few hours each week either virtually or in person following Covid safety guidelines. School-based matches are communicating via the agency’s online virtual messaging program “MentorNet” and keeping in touch through pen pal writing, with hopes of returning to one-hour, weekly meetings at after-school programs when it is safe to return. Both community and school/site-based Bigs are screened, trained, matched and supported by professional program staff. All volunteers commit to mentoring a child for a minimum of one year, which supports the development of stronger and longer lasting relationships.
As we all do our part to isolate for the health of our community, the connection between Bigs and Littles is more important than ever! Our Bigs are finding creative ways to stay connected through virtual cooking classes, online games and arts and crafts, and doing outside activities together. MentorNet, the agency’s new online communication program, is making it safe and easy for college and high school Bigs to stay connected with local youth.
For just a few hours a week, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of friendship and help change their life. It’s as simple as hanging out, doing things that you already love to do. The interview process for both Bigs and Littles gathers important information about your similar interests so that we can successfully match you with a Little who likes to do the same things you do!
Start here with our simple online inquiry.
After completing the online inquiry, a member of our team will contact you to discuss the next steps:
Step 1: Completing an application, including providing references
Step 2: Participating in an in-person interview
Step 3: Passing background checks
Step 4: If accepted, participating in an orientation session
Start Something for a child today. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister!
Where Do We Serve?
BBBS Mid-Maine serves children in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo Counties.
Programs in our Schools and Youth Centers
Androscoggin County Schools:
Longley Elementary (Bates College)
Washburn Elementary (Edward Little High School)
Kennebec County Schools:
Boys & Girls Club of Kennebec Valley (Gardiner High School)
Hussey Elementary School & Gilbert Elementary School (Cony High School)
Atwood Primary School & Williams Elementary School (ShineOnCass Programs: Messalonskee High School)
Waterville YMCA/Boys & Girls Club at the Alfond Youth Center (ShineOnCass Program: Messalonskee High School, Winlsow High School, Waterville Senior High School and Lawrence High School)
Knox County Schools:
Warren Community School (Medomak Valley High School)
South School (Oceanside High School)
Appleton Village & Camden-Rockport Elementary (Camden Hills Regional High School)
Lincoln County Schools:
Great Salt Bay Community School & Nobleboro Central School (Lincoln Academy)
Miller School (Medomak Valley High School)
Penobscot County Schools:
Bangor Boys & Girls Club and Bangor YMCA (Husson University)
Leonard Middle School, Lewis Libby, & Old Town Elementary, Old Town Rec Center & Old Town YMCA (University of Maine)
Somerset County Schools:
Margaret Chase Smith & Bloomfield Elementary (Skowhegan High School)
Waldo County Schools:
Lincolnville Elementary School (Camden Hills Regional High School)
Leroy Smith & Wagner Middle School (Hampden Academy)
Mt. View Elementary School (Mt. View High School)