Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Overview of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guyana (BBBSG) mentoring program
The BBBSG program was officially launched on Jan 31, 2004. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a program designed to “help children who face many obstacles and are at a risk of not performing to their fullest potential”. This program seeks to give disadvantaged or the less fortunate children in countries the opportunity to interact with someone older, more matured and more knowledgeable than they are, and one on whom they can rely for guidance and assistance in dealing with many of the various challenges they may be faced with, in essence a literal “Big Brother or Big Sister”.
The BBBSG was established under the guidance of BBBS International. This program has had tremendous success on five of the six continents of the world, and is the first of it’s kind in
Mentor interaction in small groups
Without caring adult support during a crucial time in their life, children will be ill equipped to develop their skills and knowledge to become an important contributor to their country's future. It is evident in the Media today; the sad lack of positive mentoring of our youth has led to serious crimes being committed by very young children.
Therefore, ‘mentoring is the missing link’.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program is proven to be effective in helping children make important decisions. It has been proven that the program impacts positively on children's school attendance and academic performance - diminishes violent behavior - and delays the use of drugs and alcohol- deters involvement in gangs and violent crimes –provides positive role models , among other things.
One on one mentoring
The program is voluntary for all parties involved and all volunteers are screened for their appropriateness, ability, and safety. All volunteers are provided with an orientation and training about mentoring and child development. The needs of all children and youth are assessed before being matched. All "matched" relationships are supervised by a professional.
To provide one-on-one mentoring to Primary school and ‘at risk’ children that will ultimately help them develop to their fullest potential.
To aid and inspire a child with his/her social and academic work so as to enable them to attain their highest potential.
- Disadvantage children between the ages of 6-12 years
Time and place of meeting
- A minimum of One hour per week at VYC office
More Information regarding the activities of Big Brothers Big Sisters, please contact Volunteer Youth Corps Inc.