What is the Military Mentoring Program?
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Military Mentoring Program supports children in military families and engages active duty, reserve or retired military personnel as volunteer mentors. Our staff will carefully match mentors and mentees in long-term, one-to-one friendships and provide professional mentoring support for the volunteers, children and families throughout the life of the match. Backed by independent studies, Big Brothers Big Sisters holds itself accountable for helping children succeed in school, avoid risky behaviors, and gain confidence.
Why We Do It
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia is committed to supporting our nation’s military personnel and their families. We seek to provide strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change the lives of children and youth for the better, forever. Our Case Managers and mentors are here to:
- Strengthen the connection between military parents and children,
- Respect and reinforce family values, and
- Promote the educational success of military children.
A need also exists to engage military service members in civilian community service. Recent research found that 90% of veterans want to serve other veterans and military families and 86% want to serve at-risk youth.
Through the Military Mentoring Program, both community-based and site-based options are available. Site-based matches meet at C.C. Pinckney Elementary School on Fort Jackson.
To enroll a child, volunteer, and for more information on the Military Mentoring Program, please contact our office at 803-691-5700.