This program is designed specifically for girls in elementary school (grades 2-5). In the School-Based program, mentors meet weekly with their Little Sister at the girl’s school, generally during the girl’s lunch period (except for our after-school programs where matches meet in the late afternoon and early evening). Although each match independently determines how best to spend their time together, our School-Based social workers are always available to provide activity ideas and support. School-Based Big Sisters must be at least 18 years-old.
We ask that our Big Sisters commit to at least one academic school year, but many of our matches choose to continue their relationship longer. Big and Little Sisters can keep in touch over the summer months through phone calls, letters and e-mails. Research has shown that the longer a match lasts, the more beneficial the relationship is to a girl’s positive development.