21st Century Scholars
21st Century Scholars is an early-college promise program designed to help ensure that every Hoosier student can afford the opportunity provided by a college education. Today, eligible students who maintain the Scholar Pledge to excellence in school and life receive a scholarship for up to four years of up to 100% tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school.
Many relationships between Bigs and Littles are part of our Community-based programs. Community-based mentoring relationships involve one-on-one outings and activities, doing things the Big and Little enjoy together, like:
- Taking a walk in the park
- Going to a museum
- Going to an event hosted by the local BBBS affiliate
- Listening to music
- Hanging out and talking
Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles on weekday evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.
Our Site-Based mentoring programs match volunteer mentors to children in need of a positive role model. Matches meet on-site in a supervised setting and are professionally supported by a program team member throughout the duration of the program. Matches meet regularly, where Bigs provide homework assistance, friendship, and model positive behavior.
Bigs with Badges Program
Bigs with Badges (BWB) is a program aimed at recruiting local law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, etc. to serve as mentors to youth in our community. Meetings between the Big and Little take place anywhere from one to four times per month, with each interaction averaging one to three hours. The program is offered both in Community-Based as a one-to-one match, or Site-Based, where mentors assist his/her Little with schoolwork and take additional time to play or participate in sports activities at Boys and Girls Clubs or local Community Centers.