Friday, December 15, 2017

High School Big Buddy Mentors Make Big Impact in the Lives of Local Children

Big Buddy, Sarah Layman from Anna High School & Little Buddy,
Jennifer Webb daughter of Tonya Westerheide of Sidney.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is excited to announce that another great year of the Big Buddies program is up and running. This is the eighteenth year the program has been in place. The Buddies program is an eight-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors agree to work with and mentor elementary-aged children two times per month. During these meetings, the high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s curriculum is entitled “Earth Friendly Practices”.

The Buddies program is held at four different sites in Shelby County for the 2017-2018 school year, and additional volunteers are still needed. These sessions are held at Emerson, Longfellow, Northwood, and Whittier Elementary Schools in Sidney. This year’s program kicked off with a total of 61 volunteers from Anna, Botkins, Christian Academy, Fort Loramie, Jackson Center, Lehman, Russia, & Sidney. To date, the following high school volunteers for the 2017-2018 include:

  • Anna: Erica Schulze, Autumn Peterson, Brooke Haynes, Linda Perkins, Paige Wiktorowski, Laura Conley, Alyza Hoelscher, Shana Roe, Ashley Ferguson, Marissa VanGorden, Ashley Heitkamp, Amber Stewart, Sarah Layman, Lauren Stephens, Chloe Sharp, Maura Rose, Elizabeth Rickert, Elaina Crossen, Kelsie McKinney, Kayleigh Knew, Nylah Crosson, Liza Michael, Samantha Martin, and Samantha Gratz.
  • Botkins: Sarah VanBrocklin, Lauren Meyer, Lindsey Okuley, Jillian Thurmond, and Scotlynn Armstrong.
  • Christian Academy: Nick Wilson
  • Fort Loramie: Rachel DeLoye
  • Jackson Center: Emme Farley, Halie Shroyer, Maddie Yarkoskey, Maelee Enochs, Jada Yinger, and Regan Davidson.
  • Lehman: Claire Larger, Grace Dexter, Kaila Sims, Evie Olding, and Reese Geise.
  • Russia: Olivia Quinter
  • Sidney: Rachel Trudeau, Katie Butts, Emma Zerkle, Ryan Allen, Cheyanna Bolden, Kiara Holiday, Broc Bey, Kazlynn Douglas, Jayden Humphrey, Emily Sauers, Damien Jones, Blake Blakenship, Taylor Williams, Madisyn Allen, Madyson Crain, Jennah Spade, Kelly Curlis, and Soleil Drinnen.

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. The Big Buddies program has proven beneficial not only for the Littles, but for the high school volunteers as well.

In addition to the after-school Big Buddies program, the agency has 75 community-based matches throughout Shelby and Darke County. These matches meet with each other twice a month for outings which are planned around the volunteers own schedule. The goal of the community-based program is to match a local child with an adult mentor, who can serve as a positive role model, and expose the child to enhancing and uplifting activities. Currently the agency has 11 children waiting for a Big Brother or Sister in the program, so now is the time to think about how you could put a little sparkle into the life of a child! If you are interested in becoming a mentor in our community-based program, please call 937-547-9622 or 937-492-7611 for more information.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a United Way member agency and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The Buddies program is partially funded by The Vectren Foundation Fund, The Community Foundation of Shelby County’s Monarch Legacy Fund, and Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Foundation. If you would like more information about how to become a volunteer, you may visit the agency web site at or call the Sidney office at 937-492-7611 or the Greenville office at 937-547-9622.

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