Walker County Schools are excited to announce a new partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and they would love for you to be part of this new venture! Walker County Schools has chosen to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters in order to provide support to students to help them overcome adversity so they can thrive in their communities. These mentoring relationships are vital to students’ success in their goal of graduating—ready for college, ready for work, and ready for life!
Research shows that a mentor makes a difference in students’ lives. Students who have a mentor for at least one year are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs; 33% less likely to engage in violent behavior; and 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day in school (Public/Private Ventures). In addition, the involvement of a non-teacher, non-parent adult in a student’s life decreases his/her likelihood of dropping out of school before graduation by 15% (America’s Promise Alliance, 2015).
Big Brothers Big Sisters brings their mentoring expertise to the partnership, and Walker County Schools will provide on-site opportunities for mentoring to take place during the school day. The partnership is currently working to recruit interested mentors. Mentors commit to meeting with their mentee one hour a week over the course of a school year. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentor training and suggested activities for the mentoring meetings; they will also follow-up monthly with the student and the mentor to offer continued support throughout the school year.
If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, please contact Emily Barrow with Big Brothers Big Sisters (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Julie Portwood with Walker County Schools (email@example.com).