Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson and Comcast NBCUniversal recently launched Tucson’s first “Beyond School Walls” program. Comcast employees who volunteer for the program meet several times a month with their “Littles” from Prince Elementary School to work together on homework, chat and just have fun. Littles also go on field trips to the Comcast workplace to see the corporate world firsthand, and they love it!
The Beyond School Walls program is the example of a model partnership, bringing business, non-profit and education together to strengthen our schools, neighborhoods and community.
Mentor2.0 is a Big Brothers Big Sisters’ technology-enriched one-to-one youth mentoring program directly targeting high school students. Each student will attend weekly classes to learn about self-advocacy, critical thinking, and goal-setting. Volunteers will communicate online with their students to discuss and support their learning for the week. Volunteers will also attend monthly events at their student’s school, further enhancing that month’s curriculum topic. These interactions and the mentor2.0 curriculum will help students aspire to attend college, navigate the college experience, and build the necessary skills that lead to college success.
Mentor2.0 maintains the fundamentals of quality mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters is known for through one-to-one relationships, providing professional relationship support and maintaining a focus on safety for the benefit of the mentee and mentor. Mentor 2.0 expands this by using technology for much of the interaction between the mentee and mentor, reducing the in-person time commitment to once every four weeks, and supporting the customized curriculum guide throughout the match interaction.
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