Because having a friend helps
Big Brothers Big Sisters program at Whitesville Central School provides
site-based one-to-one mentoring for children ages 6-14 who are struggling in
school academically or socially and who would benefit from a positive role
model peer. Because of their experience in the BB/BS program, children who were
at risk for drug abuse, violence, and dropping out of school become caring,
competent and confident individuals who are contributing members of their
over two years now Jake and Tyler have been matched in the Big Brothers Big
Sisters program at Whitesville Central School.
Each week they meet for about an hour and participate in sports, crafts,
educational, self -esteem building and team building activities with other
matches. The boys look forward to seeing
each other each week and it is very rare that they ever miss a meeting. Their favorite things to do together are to
play chess, checkers and talk about politics.
meeting with Jake, Tyler has improved his grades and overall academic
performance. He has also demonstrated a
better relationship with his peers. Some
other things teachers have noticed are an improvement in his attitude towards
school, increased class participation and better behavior in school.
asked what they like about each other Jake responded, “I like Tyler because he
always has an opinion about something.” When
Tyler was asked the same question he said, “I like Jake because we always have
something to talk about.” Just by
watching them, it is very clear that the boys enjoy each others company.
match has been one of the program’s many successes throughout its nine years in
the school district. Although Jake will
be graduating this June and their match will then end, both boys have taken
away from this experience lessons and memories that will last a lifetime.
Big Brothers Big Sisters program at Whitesville Central School is a partner
agency of Allegany County United Way. For more information on this program, contact
Erica Grantier Big Brothers Big Sisters Site Coordinator at Whitesville School: