The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
The Workplace Mentoring Program began in 2008 as a SA2020 Initiative to promote increased graduation rates. "The proof is in the data - workplace mentoring works," Molly Cox, SA2020 Interim President and CEO said. "In SA2020 terms, workplace mentoring helps move us closer to our bold vision of a more connected and educated San Antonio that thrives as an innovative leader in business.” In the past school year, there were over 1,000 students and 1,000 mentors from 40 local businesses participating in the program. Volunteers: Prior to being matched, volunteers are required to participate in orientation and training. Staff provides volunteers with an overview of the expectations and guidelines of the program, including program goals, the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the assets-based approach to youth development. In addition, the match life cycle is outlined, which clarifies the role of the mentor, effective communication, child development, problem solving, and how to establish boundaries. Usually within the first six months of the match, the volunteer will attend a formal training session based on his or her needs, which have been identified by program staff.