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”.
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About Project

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 South America.

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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.

Mentor interaction in small groups
Mentor interaction in small groups

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.

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One on one mentoring
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.

Objective

 To provide one-on-one mentoring to Primary school and ‘at risk’ children that will ultimately help them develop to their fullest potential.

 Aim

To aid and inspire a child with his/her social and academic work so as to enable them to attain their highest potential.

Target group:

Disadvantaged children between the ages of 6-12 years

Time and place of meeting

A minimum of One hour per week at VYC office.

History

The Big Brothers Big Sisters is the first of its kind to be implemented on the continent of South America and more so in Guyana. The program is being implemented in 150 countries around the world, matching adults with children in need of role models.

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In Guyana, the program has been established over seven years. The program seeks to match volunteer mentors with children who are vulnerable, disadvantage and/or orphaned by AIDS. Although, there are several mentoring programs managed by community groups in this region, Big Brothers Big Sisters brings its own uniqueness unlike any other mentoring program with its recruitment, screening and careful matching techniques. An individual who has proven to be good a role model is matched one-on-one with a child within ages 7 to 19 years old for a period lasting one year or more.

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This program is much sought after for its effectiveness and is growing in popularity in various sectors of society.  Endorsements have been given by the Ministry of Education, The Guyana Sugar Corporation (Skeldon and Blairmont Estates) and the Diplomatic Spouses Association of Georgetown. As a compliment to our already existing 120 matches, we hope to have a target of 200 more matches established throughout 2011.

 

Community Mentoring

The mentoring program hosted by Volunteer Youth Corps Inc. caters for the children in the Lodge that are having difficulty performing at their potential. In the month of January under the funding of the UNDP, we were able to successfully conduct peer education session with the children, with the objective of having them become change agents in their schools, communities and its environs. In these sessions the topic of discussion was directed to the implementation of behavior change as it deals with general mannerism and delinquent behavior patterns. The children were very interested in the topic and the message that was given. In these sessions they asked many questions and some even provided the answers. As an objective of the program the children will be participating in community out- reach projects. Presently VYC recruiting mentors to plan and supervise these community projects.

 

Finding Jobs For Young People

VYC continues to solicit applicants to register to the Job Bank. The organization is providing vocational skills training, self development and career guidance to single mothers and out of school youth from the following areas: Sophia, Tucville, Lodge, South Ruimveldt, Albouystown. Registration is ongoing and we are encouraging all single mothers and youths from the above-mentioned areas to visit our office today to benefit from this opportunity to gain skills!

Volunteer Youth Corps Inc. wishes to extend sincere thanks to the following sponsors whose support during 2009 enabled us to execute a number of projects including the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Guyana Mentoring Program.

  1. Mings Products & Services Ltd.
  2. NT Computec
  3. Survival Supermarket
  4. Federal Management Systems
  5. Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Co. Ltd.
  6. Demerara Distiller’s Ltd.

 

Criteria For Mentoring

For MENTOR (BIG)

  • Any Individual over the age of 18 years old
  • Who has a sound educational background
  • Who has no criminal record and is of good character
  • Who is able to commit for at least one (1) school year.

For MENTEE (LITTLE)

  • Presently Any Boy and Girl between the Ages of 8 – 12 years
  • Enrolled in a school where Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guyana Program is conducted
  • Who lives in single parent, foster home or orphanage
  • Who is disadvantaged, at risk and / or are affected by HIV/AIDS

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