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There are three core BBBS program models: community-based, school-based and site-based. These standardized models are replicated with children, families, and volunteers in diverse settings with appropriate cultural adaptations. BBBSI Affiliates provide mentoring in one or more of the models described below.
Community-Based: The community-based or traditional model pairs a volunteer and a child who meet on their own in the community. The match (volunteer and child) meets 3-4 times a month and engages in activities that seem interesting and fun. Examples of activities might include playing sports or board games, taking a walk, sharing a meal, or just talking.
School-Based: In school-based mentoring, a volunteer is matched with a child from a partner school. The match meets weekly at the school throughout the year and in some cases at organized events during school breaks. This model allows Affiliates to include children that might not participate in community-based mentoring, such as those living in high-risk areas. School-based mentoring often utilizes corporate volunteers to serve as mentors.
Site-Based: In site-based programs, matches meet at a specific location such as a community center or group home. The structure of the site-based model allows Affiliates to target groups of children that might not otherwise participate, such as those living in children’s homes.