Specialty Programs

Finding New Ways to Reach More Children

We know that the 1,600 children served by our mentoring programs represents less than 10% of those children in Central Carolinas who could benefit from having a one-to-one mentor. That is why we continue to develop innovative new programs to provide more Bigs for more Littles in the communities we serve.

Mentor 2.0 High School Mentoring

Mentor 2.0 is a flexible mentoring model that requires only three to four hours per month, yet provides a profound impact on the future of a young person. The program matches high school students from Charlotte’s Harding University High School with supportive adults to help them achieve their personal, academic, and career goals. Pairs get to know each other through a combination of weekly emails and monthly group events that include everything from college workshops to attending sporting events.

Mentor Requirements
• All mentors must be at least 21 years of age, college-educated and live or work in greater Charlotte.
• Mentors commit to sending one weekly email on an interesting topic that the mentoring program provides.
• Mentors commit to seeing their mentees once a month, for two hours, at a Mentor 2.0 sponsored event.
Contact: Stephanie Cummins, stephanie.cummins@bbbscentralcarolinas.org, (704) 910-1301 ext. 1048

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Beyond School Walls Middle School Mentoring

Beyond School Walls is a unique one-to-one youth mentoring program for middle school students where local companies give back to the community by hosting children from a nearby school at their corporate office. Children are exposed to their career potential first-hand, by developing meaningful relationships with mentors in their place of work. In addition to social engagement, students are presented with a workforce readiness curriculum, designed to facilitate practical skills like public speaking, financial management, and workplace etiquette.

Big Brothers Big Sisters works with companies and local schools to identify matches. A program coordinator is chosen to manage the program and structure all Big/Little meetings. Match support specialists provide ongoing professional support to Bigs, Littles, staff, and parents. Corporate Partners invest a yearly minimum of $1,000 per child to support the costs of the program. Each company hosts bi-monthly lunches for the children and mentors.

Contact: Stephanie Cummins, stephanie.cummins@bbbscentralcarolinas.org, (704) 910-1301 ext. 1048

Current Corporate Participants

 

High School Bigs Elementary School Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas is currently connecting high school student mentors (Bigs) with elementary school students (Littles) in three school districts: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Cabarrus County, and Kannapolis City Schools. The friendships formed through this program help Littles build self-confidence and help Bigs develop mentoring skills that will help them throughout life.

Current Partnerships

Charlotte Country Day School and Rama Road Elementary
Providence Day and Rama Road Elementary
Cabarrus County Schools and Cabarrus Boys and Girls Club

Mecklenburg County Contact: Stephanie Cummins, stephanie.cummins@bbbscentralcarolinas.org, (704) 910-1301 ext. 1048
Cabarrus County Contact: Sieta Hynes, sieta.hynes@bbbscentralcarolinas.org, (704) 910-1301 ext. 1047

Bigs In Blue – Starting in Spring/Summer 2017

Bigs in BlueSM is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police in communities throughout our nation, building strong, trusting, lasting relationships. These relationships can help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve. This program will start locally in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Northeast Service Area with plans to expand within the CMPD, as well as into Cabarrus County.

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Contacts
Mecklenburg County: Keynyatta Wheeler, kenyatta.wheeler@bbbscentralcarolinas.org, (704) 910-1301 ext. 1040
Cabarrus County: Connie Rheinecker, connie.rheinecker@bbbscentralcarolinas.org, (704) 305-3411

Children of Families in Transition (COFIT) – Starting in Spring/Summer 2017

COFIT is a new program designed to provide mentors for children whose families lack permanent housing. Big Brothers Big Sisters is partnering with YWCA Central Carolinas and A Child’s Place to identify children who could benefit, and our staff is doing a specialized recruitment and training effort to find the right Bigs for this vulnerable population. Our goal is to serve 50 children through this program by the end of 2017.

Contact: Keynyatta Wheeler, kenyatta.wheeler@bbbscentralcarolinas.org, (704) 910-1301 ext. 1040