Our mission is to provide all children facing adversity with professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever!

 

Core Programs

Community Based

This is our traditional program in which adult mentors are paired with youth ages 6-16, with the commitment to see each other 2-4 times per month for at least a year. Each match is selected by our team based on shared interests, preferences, and personality. Matches plan their own outings filled with things they like to do, like sports, creating arts and crafts, or hiking. Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.

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Site Based

Adult and high school  mentors meet with their Little at locations such as youth centers or schools. Most Site-based programs are located at schools. During the school year they meet at their Little’s elementary school, during school hours. This is not a tutoring program, rather the focus is on social/emotional activities. Of course, some Littles do talk with their mentors about class, or do homework, or read together, but it’s perfectly fine to shoot hoops in the gym or play on the playground. At the end of the day, it’s really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance, and inspiring them to reach their potential.

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Initiatives

Alaska Native Mentoring

This initiative is designed to encourage and recruit Alaska Native Littles and Bigs. We recognize how important it is for children to have positive role models in their lives and we equally value education and cultural connections for success. We focus on Alaska Native youth between 9 years old and 7th grade who have an academic need. Some of the match time is spent helping the Little in academic subjects where they may need additional support, as well as participating in culturally relevant activities. We partner with school districts to track grades, attendance, and standardized test scores.  For more information, contact Veronica Boerger at veronica.boerger@bbbsak.org or 907.433.4683 and click here to like us on Facebook for the latest news!

Sync

This initiative is designed to match youth ages 14-21 in state foster care with a supportive and caring adult mentor who will be there as a friend and provide stability as they move through the system and transition out of foster care.  Mentors must be 25 years of age or older. The Sync program is funded by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services – Office of Children’s Services. For more information about the Sync program, please contact Tina Anaya at tina.anaya@bbbsak.org or 907.433.4691 and click here to like us on Facebook for the latest news!