Sponsor a Match
Sponsor-A-Match: $1,500 covers the cost of screening, making and supporting a Big/Little match in its first year. While our volunteer Bigs provide their perspective and time at no cost, BBBS Miami employs social workers to ensure that each volunteer is screened through background checks, finger-printing and interviews to ensure both safety and an optimal match. $1,500 covers the cost of those resources, as well as the administrative expenses of maintaining a match during its first year with education. This is our core donation program, concentrating financial resources to empower an individual Big/Little match.
School to Work
The School-to-Work program is a nationally recognized program that lifts high school students from the cycle of failure and despair, exposing them to workplace environments and matching them with mentors to help them stay in school and make a successful transition into work. Mentors receive professional-level training from BBBS and allow students to meet with them at their worksite for four-hour periods once a month for a minimum of two (2) years. The students are given opportunities, such as sitting with a judge at a court hearing, learning about broadcasting at a radio station, and providing customer service to hotel guests.
Bigs in Blue
Our Bigs in Blue (BIB) program provides a special time when at-risk children in Miami can have a positive engagement with police in schools or in the community. Our BIB program currently has 50 at risk youth who are matched at over ten different elementary schools with a police offer for a one hour one to one mentoring session each week. We are working with five police departments in Homestead, Miami Dade School Police, City of Miami, Miami Dade County and Doral. Based on our signature one on one mentoring model, BIB promotes regular interaction with our community’s day to day heroes, positively influencing the behavior of our littles to build a strong, trusting relationship, improving their academic and social performance and preparing them for the workforce and/or college. Independent research shows that children in our mentoring programs achieve many positive outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.
BBBSM has created additional support for our “littles” and their families through our Carnival Center for Excellence. We are fortunate to be able to partner with organizations who share our same mission and values to provide wrap around programs. We make full use of the resources available at our center together with these partners to achieve our collective goals and serve our community.