Blog : Local Schools Get Acquainted with Big Brothers Big Sisters

By Mary | Jan 17, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast recently announced its partnership with eight local high schools and four surrounding sites from the Portsmouth area. The School & Site Based Mentoring Program matches Bigs with Littles in the classroom environment. William Allen School is one of the participating schools ecstatic to be part of the program. The guidance counselor at William Allen School, Julie Thompson, claims “it is a resounding success!”

Executive Director Stacy Kramer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast says, “Being matched in a school or site is a great opportunity for adults who want to give back to the community but don’t have a great deal of time.”

Bigs meet can with their Littles in a comfortable setting during lunch or on the playground after school gets out. The pairs meet for an hour a week to work on homework assignments, read books together, or to chat about family and friends. Bigs from the selected high schools can earn required community service hours while simultaneously influencing the lives of their Littles in a positive way.

The School & Site Based Mentoring Program has received rave reviews from parents and teachers of the Littles enrolled in BBBS. The children continue to show increased self-confidence, better attitudes, and improved grades.

Big Brothers Big Sisters allows adults and high school students across nine different towns on the Seacoast to converse and build close relationships with kids from the BBBS program. If you would like to volunteer for this great cause, visit www.bbbsgs.org.

If you are a BBBS member, you qualify for a free GA gift membership for a friend with your Green Card! To receive more benefits and discounts, become a member of the Green Alliance