As part of the 2018-2019 school year BBBS announced that both ASB and HSM mentoring is now available at Marie D. Durand School in Vineland, ASB mentoring is now available at Broad Street Elementary in Bridgeton and HSM mentoring is now available at Sabater Elementary School in Vineland. In addition to these new locations, BBBS Cumberland/Salem currently offers ASB Mentoring at D’Ippolito Elementary School and Veterans Memorial Intermediate School in Vineland; Holly Heights Elementary, Silver Run Elementary, and Lakeside Middle School in Millville; Indian Avenue Elementary in Bridgeton; and Salem Middle School in Salem City. HSM Mentoring is currently offered at Cherry Street Elementary and West Avenue Elementary in Bridgeton; and Shoemaker School in Woodstown.
All mentors and school-referred children must complete an application and interview/training session to determine suitability. A variety of factors including common interests, personalities, age, location, and life experience are utilized to help match mentors with students.
Adult mentors are typically asked to commit two to four hours a month and meet during the child’s school day. High school students are normally asked to dedicate an hour each week for the duration of one school year. The matches receive ongoing support by phone and in-person contacts made by the BBBS professional staff.
In 2017, there were 274 Littles matched to a Big Brother or Big Sister in the Cumberland and Salem program. But, even with this success, there were still over 70 Littles on a waiting list, so more volunteer mentors are needed.
For more information call 692-0916 or visit www.southjerseybigs.org