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Temporary Volunteer

at Big brothers big sister of Johnson county in Iowa City, IA


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Ready to make a BIG difference with just a few hours a month?
SPORTS
BUDDIES
Participants enjoy a special focus on sports-related activities, events, and discounts in this branch of the community-based mentoring program.
SCHOOL-BASED MENTORING
School-based mentors meet with an elementary student for one hour each week during the child’s school day.
COMMUNITY-BASED
MENTORING
Big Brothers Big Sisters introduces a child to a volunteer, using the interests and personality of both to ensure a good match. The pair meets regularly for fun activities.


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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
ACADEMIC MENTORING PROGRAM
A mentoring program for junior-high and high school students with an emphasis on academic support.
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BROTHERS ACHIEVING MANHOOD
A group mentoring program in which 15 young men are matched with a one-to-one male mentor, and the youth and their mentors meet together weekly for dinner and discussion.










MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS
Community-Based Mentoring
Community based mentoring is the flagship program of Big Brothers Big Sisters. We match adult volunteers in one-to-one relationships with children who are looking for mentors.

All participants commit to a minimum involvement of one year, which ensures strong friendships with lasting positive outcomes. Volunteers are now needed in Johnson County and in the West Branch area.

Volunteers meet with their Little Brother or Little Sister on a regular weekly or bi-weekly basis for fun activities of their choice.

BBBS provides a professional staff member to support the relationship. Our ongoing role is to answer questions, provide assistance, and keep you informed of agency and community resources.

School-Based Mentoring
Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based mentoring brings one-to-one mentoring into local elementary schools in order to provide a strong relationship and support to students. Big Brothers and Big Sisters in this program meet for an hour each week with an elementary-aged child.

Volunteers visit with their Little Brother or Little Sister at the same day and time each week during school hours.The volunteer and child are free to choose (with help from the child's teacher) their activity for the time they are together. Activities may include playing board games, reading, eating lunch, working on academics or just hanging out and talking.

School-based mentoring is an effective way to provide a friend to a child who may need a little extra help and guidance from a volunteer mentor. We offer this option at 10 area schools.

Relationships start at the beginning of the semester and last throughout the school year, with some phone and/or mail contact during the summer months. A 18-month commitment is required, and a 24-month commitment is encouraged. All Big Brothers and Big Sisters in the school-based program go through a screening process as well as a training and orientation session.

School-based mentoring is a collaboration between the Iowa City Community School District, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and businesses and agencies in Johnson County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based mentoring is sponsored in part by MidWestOne Bank.

Sports Buddies
Sports Buddies is seeking volunteers who like sports and have as little as 4 hours a month to share.

You'll be introduced to a kid who wants to do sports-related activities and events with you. This is your chance to do something great for your community and the best excuse ever to goof around shooting baskets or watching a game.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides discounts on sports equipment, free tickets, and opportunities for large-group/team sports. We'll match you with a child who's a good fit for your interests, personality, and availability.

Every child in our community deserves the chance to get active and involved.

This program is made possible with generous support from Scheels.

Academic Mentoring Program
Academic Mentoring Program involves a stronger academic component than either of the above programs, along with the option to do community activities with a child. This program is a collaboration between the Iowa City Community School District, Big Brothers Big Sisters and United Action for Youth (UAY).

Brothers Achieving Manhood
Both youth and mentors commit to meeting once a week for dinner and conversation. The group of mentors and mentees is facilitated by Fred Newell of The Dream Center. Outside of group time, BAM participants can access other Dream Center resources, such as tutoring, family support, and drop-in space during the evening hours. This program is offered year-round and is free of charge.









You don't have to be a mentor in order to be part of the great work being done. Make your pledge of support today.

Every dollar donated stays in Johnson County to help our youth reach their full potential through BBBS mentoring


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