In 2012, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to bring safe and professionally supported mentoring to our students. There are currently 100 matches in the program, and we are always looking for more dedicated volunteers to help mentor our students. The BBBS one-on-one mentoring is proven to enrich each student’s educational experience and his or her emotional well-being.
Volunteers are asked to become a “Big” to a “Little,” which is the student/volunteer match. Bigs will spend one hour a week, two to four times a month for a full year with their Little. Mentors meet with their students on their campus and the main focus of the relationship is mentoring and positive support. Activities are based on each students need, and could include helping with homework, talking, playing games and eating lunch together. A Match Support Specialist will communicate regularly with the Big and Little to ensure a healthy and safe relationship is being established.
People interested in volunteering will need to fill out an application, provide solid references, undergo a background check and interview.If selected, the mentor will attend training. All of this is to ensure BBBS can provide Big and Little with the best fit, and know how to support you. If you mentor at a school but are not affiliated with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, you are encouraged to transition over to that program.
The partnership with BBBS is made possible through the efforts of CONNECT (Connecting Student Needs with Community Resources), a program recently adopted under the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation in a joint venture to serve the students, employees and families of GCISD.
To sign up for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, visit the CONNECT website or visit with your school’s counselor.