Deerfield Valley Community Partnership

Big Brothers Big Sisters

BBBS VT.jpgBig Brothers Big Sisters Program at the Twin Valley Elementary School

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Program is coming back to our community! This is a true collaboration between organizations that care about our youth and want to help.  Working together, the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club, DVCP and the Twin Valley Elementary School will provide funding, staff, mentors and mentee referrals to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont organization to match children (Littles) who need some extra support, with mentors (Bigs). This year, the matches will meet at the elementary school.  Our hope is that in the future, the program will expand to matches meeting in the community.

BBBS is a program that is proven to work in reducing youth drug and alcohol use, as well as increasing positive behaviors among its participants! Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in the program, were: 27% less likely to use alcohol, 46% less likely to use illegal drugs, and 52% less likely to skip school. They also found that the Littles had high aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships with family and friends. For more information: www.bbsvt.org

Now we need YOUR help! We need mentors.  Please consider giving your time to a child in need.  Spending time with a Little for friendship and support can make a world of difference.  If interested, please contact Charlotte Raine at 802-689-0092 ext. 1 or charltotte@bbbsvt.org to learn how to enroll your child or volunteer as a Big Brother or Big Sister!