Essay about BigBrother Big Sister

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The main two types of mentoring are natural mentoring and planned mentoring. Natural mentoring occurs through friendship, collegiality, teaching, coaching, and counseling that is formed from un-constructed planning (Newman, 1990, p. 41). In contrast, planned mentoring occurs through structured programs in which mentors and participants are selected and matched through formal processes (Newman, 1990, p. 43). There are many different ways to describe mentoring, but they all boil down to one thing: a positive, supportive relationship between a young person and a caring adult.
The most compelling data that we have shows the change in our American family structure. Day there are alarming number of children with mental disorders and children
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In the BBBSA’s there are preconditions before a youth can take part in the program, the main focus is on children that come from a single-parent household. Once the selection process is done the mentor then moves on to a training program that teaches the developmental stages of youth, communication skills, and relationship building tips to name a few. This is to help volunteers in interacting with the child that they are match with, who is often of different racial or economic backgrounds (para.12). Once the training is completed then the matching process begins, which includes placing volunteers and youth according to gender, and child, parent and volunteer preferences. Once a match is made then the match couple is supervised, which includes biweekly phone contact with the volunteer and parent during the first month, monthly contact afterwards, and quarterly contact with the child (BBBSA, 2002).
      Recent research by Public/Private Ventures (par. 12; 1995b) stated there is evidence that Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) programs have many positive and socially important effects on the lives of participating youth (BBBSA, 2002). National studies are showing that participation in BBBS programs reduce illegal drug and alcohol use, improved academic performance, behavior and attitudes, and improved peer and family relationships (P/PV, 1995a. par. 28).

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