School-Based Mentoring

Beyond School Walls

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona and Comcast NBC Universal recently launched Southern Arizona’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.

If you would like more information about starting a Beyond School Walls program at your work, please contact

Mentor 2.0


Helping High School Students Succeed

Mentor2.0 is our technology-enriched, one-to-one youth mentoring program that directly targets high school students. Each student participant attends weekly classes to learn about self-advocacy, critical thinking, and goal-setting. Volunteer mentors communicate online with their students to discuss and support their learning for the week. Volunteers also attend monthly events at school, further enhancing that month’s curriculum topic. These interactions and the Mentor2.0 curriculum helps 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 for which Big Brothers Big Sisters is known: one-to-one relationships, professional relationship support, and a focus on safety for the benefit of the mentee and mentor. Mentor 2.0 expands on these fundamentals via technology that is used for much of the interaction between the mentee and mentor, which reduces the in-person time commitment to once every four weeks and supports the customized curriculum guide.

Here is what is asked of volunteers:

  • One e‐mail per week guided by a curriculum prompt and oversight by a Big Brothers Big Sisters Case
  • One face‐to‐face event every 4 weeks.  Events are coordinated by Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide you
    and your mentee one‐to‐one time while further exploring topics covered via e‐mail in previous weeks.
  • Mentor for four school years.

How Do I Get Involved?

  • You must be at least 21 years old, have completed two years of college (or be a high school graduate with professional life
    experience), have access to the Internet to exchange email and have 2 hours every four weeks to meet
    with your mentee at their school.
  • Attend a one hour Mentor2.0 Orientation.
  • Complete a 45‐minute interview and background check through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • Attend a 1‐2 hour training at the Big Brothers Big Sisters' office or at your workplace.

Who are the Kids?

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters serves students at Amphitheater High School.
  • Our goal is to have 100 mentors by the fall of 2018.

Why Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs You!

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters’ goal is for mentees to graduate from high school and help them be successful in some form of higher education. A similar program in New York City called “iMentor” has had amazing results. Here’s a video about their program.
  • You will help these students with problem solving, motivation, time management, career exploration, interviewing, leadership, the college admission process, financial literacy and professionalism. Southern Arizona's kids deserve these kinds of results and if every one of us simply shares a weekly email and attends the group events every 4 weeks, we can make a huge difference. Will you Start Something today?