Programs & Projects
Bnos One On One Big Sister Program
A foundational study of children across the USA found, that those who had a mentoring relationship during adolescence exhibited significantly better outcomes within the domains of education and work (high-school completion, college attendance, employment), mental health (self-esteem, life satisfaction).
We first met with the heads of the schools we targeted to join our program and began starting programs in those selected schools. However, as word spread about its effectiveness, the vast majority of the schools joining our program do so after a member of their administrative team contacts us asking to come on board. Once a formal request is made, our program director contacts the high school principals and guidance counselors and requests that they initiate the process of recruiting big sisters, who are carefully vetted and trained by a licensed social worker or and/or professional educator. At the same time, we work with the faculty members of the elementary and middle schools to recruit little sisters, who are then matched, and soon begin meeting on a weekly basis.
In order to maintain effective oversight and to provide instant access to the program director should the need arise, the big sisters file monthly reports, which are reviewed by their local coordinator and our program director and participate in teleconference calls. If any substantive issues arise, they are immediately referred to Ms. Miriam Turk, LCSW our program’s social worker for resolution. In this way, the big sister provides an “early warning system” to assistance for more serious problems by being in contact with her supervisor, the director of the program and our supervising social worker.
Outcomes: We have found that the benefits are wide ranging, greatly enhancing the little sisters’ Jewish educaion, fostering a positive attitude towards their school work and enhancing their social skills. The big sisters have benefited by gaining increased self-confidence and the skills necessary to become leaders in the Jewish community of tomorrow. All this is accomplished at a cost of less than $350 per pair!
The Fun Never Stops
The Fun Never Stops!
In order to su pport and encourage the feeling of camaraderie which is so critical to the success of a program like ours, many group activities are held throughout the year, including parties and recreational activities (Melava Malkas, Chanukah parties, Purim parties, boating, ice-skating, roller-skating, arts and crafts, scrap-booking, year-end celebrations, special big sister appreciation events) and community Chessed projects to create social cohesion and positive reinforcement for the Bigs and the Littles.