VERSAILLES — The Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund, in conjunction with The Troy Foundation, recently awarded a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County.
The grant will be used for the Versailles after-school Big Buddies program. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school students volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, are matched with and elementary student and work with them on different educational and recreational activities. The agency will be utilizing the SEL curriculum which focuses on Social Emotional Learning.
“Versailles School system is so supportive of the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency and of the students that attend their school. We are blessed to be a part of the great foundation Versailles has to offer both our mentors and mentees,” Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Jennifer Bruns said.
High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults. This donation will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County to expand and continue their Big Buddies program in Versailles.
The agency is currently recruiting both volunteers and little for all mentoring programs. For more information, students can contact their school guidance counselor or call the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency office.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. Anyone interested in volunteering or contributing financially, contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.