Being a Big Brother or Big Sister with Badges is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do, not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by molding their character, preparing them for life, and empowering them to achieve. And the best part is- it’s a lot of fun!
Our mentoring programs:
- Community-based mentoring: Spend around four – seven hours a month, usually evenings or weekends, with your Little doing everyday activities or participating in BBBSNEFL sponsored events.
- School-based mentoring: Invest one hour per week during the school year engaging in various educational activities with your Little at his or her school.
How the Bigs with Badges Program Works:
Service men and women who wish to participate in the program will be allowed one hour on duty per workweek during their shift to serve as a Big Brother or Big Sister to a child in need. These Bigs will meet their Littles at their respective schools or area neighborhoods on a weekly basis.
The staff at BBBSNEFL will manage the Bigs with Badges program. Service men and women who express interest in being a mentor will be trained, screened, and interviewed before being matched with a Little; matches are made based on shared preferences and interest. Once a match is made, BBBSNEFL will continue to offer support through on going training and connectivity with a professional staff member who will help the Big and the Little grow together in their friendship.
In addition to mentoring, there are various opportunities to become involved with BBBSNEFL, such as participating in our monthly BBBSNEFL-sponsored activities, annual events, and community drives. We know that this new program, focused on our children, will have a BIG impact on our entire community. So why not begin today.
There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?
Check out what agencies are represented through Bigs with Badges:
See what our service men and women are saying:
- The success of our county and our country rests in the dreams and aspirations of our children. The members of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and I consider our investment in these children as time well spent. Remember, this is our county, our community, and our responsibility; we’re all in this together. – Darryl Daniels, Sheriff (Clay County Sheriff’s Office)
- BBBSNEFL is the gold standard in mentoring. I feel confident our collaboration will have a great impact on youth. Through this partnership we continue to fulfill the JSO mission: ‘To serve and protect in partnership with our community. – Derrick Lewis, Chief of Support Services (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office) and BBBSNEFL Board of Director