Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine is seeking community-minded volunteers to serve as school coordinators at its School-Based Mentoring sites this fall. Coordinators are adults from the community who can dedicate 1½ hours for one day each week October through May (except school vacation weeks) to be at the match meetings of high school and college-age Bigs and their elementary and middle school-age Littles. The meetings take place after school, generally 3-4:30 pm.
Every school mentoring location has one or two coordinators who attend each week to oversee and supervise the weekly match meetings to ensure match quality and child safety. School coordinators are interviewed in person and screened and trained by a professional Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member. Ongoing training opportunities, including a summer school orientation for all new and returning volunteers, also are provided.
Successful school coordinators are responsible, dedicated, love working with and coaching youth of all ages and backgrounds, have great listening skills, are willing to learn, love to play, have patience, flexibility and a sense of humor.
Coordinators arrive early to greet the Bigs and Littles. They help set up and clean up meeting supplies and snacks, facilitate group match activities if appropriate and coach Bigs as they navigate their relationships with their Littles.
Coordinators have regular weekly contact with agency staff to discuss match meeting and site logistics, attendance, successes, issues and concerns.
The agency needs school coordinators at the following sites for the 2011-12 school year:
Knox County: Appleton Village School, Camden-Rockport Elementary School, Hope Elementary School, South School in Rockland and Warren Community School.
Lincoln County: Great Salt Bay in Damariscotta, Miller Elementary School in Waldoboro, Nobleboro Central School and Wiscasset Primary School.
Waldo County: Captain Albert Stevens School in Belfast, Lincolnville Central School, Leroy Smith in Winterport, Mount View Elementary in Thorndike, Searsport Middle-High School, Unity College and Wagner Middle School in Winterport.
“Being a school coordinator is a great way to become involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization,” said Katie Orlando, the agency’s school-based mentoring director. “Last year, I was the school coordinator for Lincolnville Central School and spent an hour each Thursday afternoon with Bigs and Littles as they did arts and crafts projects, played board games, or played outside or in the gym. Other times I planned fun, low or no-cost special activities such as baking sugar cookies for the school staff (and each other) or a photo scavenger hunt.”
To learn more about this role and to set up an interview, contact Matt Donahue, school-based mentoring manager, at 593-0380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agency offices are located at:
• Knox County office, 16 School St. Suite 201, Rockland.
• Lincoln County office, 96 Bristol Road, Damariscotta.
• Penobscot County office, Bangor Y, 17 Second St., Bangor.
• Waldo County office, Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., Unity.