Specialty Programs

Finding New Ways to Reach More Children

We know that the 1,500+ 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.

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 middle 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. Each company hosts bi-monthly lunches for the children and mentors.

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

If you’d like to sign up for a tour of one of our Beyond School Walls Programs, please contact Shannon Walker, shannon.walker@bbbscentralcarolinas.org, (704) 910-1301 ext. 1043

Current Corporate Participants

Bigs In Blue

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 help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve. Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently partnering with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Concord and Kannapolis police departments and will be expanding the program to other departments in 2018.

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Mecklenburg County: Iris Caldwell, iris.caldwell@bbbscentralcarolinas.org, (704) 910-1301 ext. 1053
Cabarrus County: Connie Rheinecker, connie.rheinecker@bbbscentralcarolinas.org, (704) 305-3411

Children of Families in Transition (COFIT)

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.

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

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: Sarah Miller, sarah.miller@bbbscentralcarolinas.org, (740) 645-1965

SUCCESS for Local Teens

For Littles in grades 8-12 and their Bigs. SUCCESS, or Students Understanding College and Careers through Education, Skills and Support, gives these matches monthly opportunities and experiences focusing on topics such as finding the right college, career exploration, SAT prep, and interviewing skills.

For more information, contact:
Stephanie Cummins
(704) 910-1301 ext. 1048