BBBS AmeriCorps Member

BBBS AmeriCorps Members help build capacity through recruiting, interviewing, screening, matching, and training mentors matched one-on-one with children facing adversity to improve their educational and behavioral outcomes.  Members will also mentor a child and organize Big/Little match events.  Our project includes a partnership with YC2 dedicated to improving the grades of Columbia students through tutoring. During the year, Members will develop career skills and will develop personally, expanding their understanding of social justice and experience with community service.

Recruitment is the process of signing up volunteers to become mentors to children facing adversity. Recruitment of mentors occurs in group presentations, volunteer fairs that attract students, display tables, speeches, picnics, “Big for a Day” events, and through talking to people about the program in general.

Coordination of Volunteers – After the volunteers are recruited, Members will interview and train mentors; develop program materials; and assist mentors with activity ideas.

Mentoring – Members will work with children in school-based mentoring. In the schools this may mean meeting the child in the library or the computer lab to read or work on homework or just playing games and having fun. Activities are determined by the matches themselves in conversation with the teachers or counselors.

Organizing Match Events – Throughout the year we have match events to help ease the possible expenses incurred by Bigs. Of particular interest are events that emphasize service:  working at the food bank, Clean Up Columbia, stream cleans, Salvation Army bell ringing, etc. Their participation and reflection in these group activities promotes volunteerism in both human services and conservation. Members are also given the opportunity to plan and implement events for matches to build leadership skills.

Members increase our capacity to serve the community as they are frequently out recruiting and getting new mentors ready to be matched.  We would not be able to serve as many children as we do without AmeriCorps members because they are out doing this recruitment that we do not have the capacity to do with current staffing levels.

The Youth Community Coalition Member will assist with coordination and implementation of youth development strategies and programs, support school based and after school youth programming, and facilitate activities for groups of youth from ages 5-18 such as the Teen Outreach Program, HOPE Club at Hickman High School, and Shred Fest.

Please contact Aleshia Marso at aleshia@bigsofcentralmo.org if you are interested in becoming an AmeriCorps member with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri.

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