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 David@soazbigs.org.
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.
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