Volunteer and Service Learning Center
BE PART OF SOMETHING BIG
BC BIGS is a partnership between the Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB), and Big Sister Association of Greater Boston (BSA) where BC students can serve as mentors to young people in Boston. BC BIGS is a great way to get involved in the Boston community, make a difference in a young person’s life, and meet other BC students who share similar passions.
BC BIGS commit to:
- Volunteering regularly as a mentor to a young person, as defined by your specific program
- Attending at least one mandatory training session each semester
- Participating in the BC BIGS community through occasional meetings and gatherings
- Participating in a small group with other BC BIGS
- Regular communication with Match Support Specialists at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay or Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
BC BIGS Franklin Field is a campus-based mentoring program, where Little Brothers and Sisters from Franklin Field Housing Development in Dorchester are transported to campus on alternate Saturdays throughout the year. During the academic year there are approximately 15 structured events lasting about 3-4 hours. Bigs and Littles share in the fun large-group programming, and then have one-on-one time each week as well.
Please note: The BC BIGS Franklin Field Program involves a larger time commitment than the other BC BIGS Programs.
These are school-day mentoring programs where Big Brothers and Big Sisters meet their Little Brothers or Little Sisters on a weekly basis at a local Boston Public school for lunch and recess. A Big can help make school a more fun and enjoyable place to be by spending time with their Little, eating together, playing sports, sharing stories, doing arts and crafts, or simply sitting and talking together. Throughout the summer months, school-based matches are encouraged to keep in touch via letters and e-mails and many of these relationships grow to exist outside the school setting. The commitment is one hour per week with your Little, plus any travel time into Brighton or Allston.
BC BIGS Spotlight:
This year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay honored the Boston College/Franklin Field campus-based mentoring program. Senior Andrew Marchesani reflects on how his relationship with Little Brother Ricky developed throughout the years and how being a mentor molded him.
The application for AY 2017-2018 will be available in late Spring 2017; please check back!
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