Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County (BBBSDC) is the region’s premier evidenced-based youth mentoring agency, known for program quality and organizational excellence. BBBS makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children ages 6 through 13 (“Littles”). Here in Dane County, BBBS has two program options available that are designed to develop strong one-on-one relationships and make a direct and lasting impact on the lives of youth: Community Based and Site-Based. Our Community Based program allows Bigs and Littles to participate in a variety of activities in the community and meets 3-4 times a month, for 3-5 hours at a time. In our community based program we have individual, couple and family matches. Our Site-Based program meets at the child’s school for one hour a week, every week throughout the school year. Sun Prairie’s Westside Elementary School is a part of our Site-Based program, with hopes of matching 10 Littles with a mentor at this site. Both programs ask for a two-year commitment in order for the Big and Little to really build a relationship. Dane County has over 250 kids waiting to be matched to a Big Brother or Big Sister. Sun Prairie alone has 25 youth looking for a caring adult mentor. It can take up to two years for kids to be introduced to a mentor because of the need for volunteers. Big Brothers Big Sisters needs YOU to become a mentor and make a positive impact on child’s life. Become a Big today by going to bbbsmadison.org or calling (608) 661-5437.
Elementary Schools of Hope
Schools of Hope at C.H. Bird and Westside elementary schools is a program in which caring volunteers from our community provide literacy tutoring support to improve the academic achievement of kindergarten through fifth grade students. Volunteers are trained and then matched with a student or students. A time commitment of one hour per week is appreciated. The program is a partnership between Sun Prairie Area School District and United Way of Dane County. If you are interested in volunteering for Schools of Hope, please go to this link for more information and the application paperwork.
Middle Schools of Hope
Schools. Tutors meet one-on-one or with small groups of students at least an hour each week. Tutoring happens at the school, Monday through Friday, either during the student’s study hall, learning lab, classroom periods, or after school. During this time, tutors will provide their student with academic guidance including assignment completion, test preparation, study skills, organization and time management skills. For more information and the volunteer application go to http://ulgm.org/volunteer/schools-of-hope-tutoring/
If interested please contact the Middle Schools of Hope Coordinators.