Big Brothers Big Sisters
The purpose of the Big Brothers Big Sisters School Based Mentoring Program is to make a positive difference in the lives of the students at Argyle Central School. The program facilitates one-to-one relationships between high school students and elementary students. It is our hope that both sides benefit from participation in this program. Outcomes of the program can include an increased sense of community in the school and willingness for older students to take responsibility for younger children who can benefit from a positive relationship.
Bigs can volunteer beginning in 9th grade. Volunteers are interviewed and provide the necessary paperwork to the school liaison from the agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Littles may be referred by teachers, counselors, or parents on the basis of school adjustments issues or, simply, the possibility of benefiting from the program. Sharon Sykes, school social worker, and Jennifer Barber, school psychologist, are the coordinators for the program at Argyle.