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Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence and Tri-County Active Adult Center Launch Unique Beyond School Walls Mentoring Program

Elementary School Third Grade Students Mentored by Retired Adults in Innovative Youth Program

What:

On Thursday, November 29th, 2018, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence (BBBS Independence) will officially launch a partnership between BBBS Independence, Tri-County Active Adult Center (TRAAC), and Rupert Elementary School located in Pottstown, ,PA. Through this unique program, third grade students are matched in one-to-one mentoring relationships with retired adults who are members of TRAAC. Twice per month, during school lunchtime, the third grade mentees (Littles) visit TRAAC to meet with their mentors (Bigs) for an hour. During that hour they eat lunch, talk, play games, and participate in one-on-one activities that strengthen their relationships.

The program started on November 8, 2018 with seven matches. During the first visit, matches spent time playing shuffle board and rode on the stationary bikes together. The goal for the year is to create 20 mentoring relationships that help children achieve their full potential.

The program is made possible by the Scott and Susan Bentley Foundation and the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation.

Who:

Interview Opportunities:

  • Bigs, Littles, BBBS Independence staff, TRAAC members and school representatives who can speak to the positive impact of mentoring their lives
  • Program creator and funder Scott Bentley and representatives from the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation, who can share why they support the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission and this event
  • Marcus Allen, CEO, BBBS Independence
  • TRAAC Staff members Sue McIntyre and Brian Parkes

When:

Thursday, November 29, 2018
11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Littles Arrive:
11:20 a.m. – Littles arrive and go straight to the cafeteria to meet their Bigs

Lunch:
11:25 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Lunch in the cafeteria. During lunch the BBBS Program Coordinator will be introducing 5-7 new matches. The matches that met last week will be catching up with each other.

Speaker:
11:35 a.m. – Marcus Allen, CEO of BBBS Independence, will speak to the group

Activities:
11:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. – Group will move upstairs and participate in Minute to Win It activities

Event Ends:
12:20 p.m. – Littles return to bus

Where:

Tri-County Active Adult Center
288 Moser Rd #1, Pottstown, PA 19464

  • Parking lot in back and enter in the back door
  • Program is meeting in the cafeteria