Volunteering in Israel

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Jerusalem

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jerusalem, an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters International and sister to the 100-year-old U.S. program, provides children and teens from single-parent homes with dedicated, adult volunteer mentors. The mentors commit to meeting weekly with the children over an extended period of time.

Are you thinking of becoming a volunteer?

If you're over 20 years old and have the ability and time to give personal attention and nurturing to a child or teen on a weekly basis - then keep reading.

What’s involved?

The classic model of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is a once weekly meeting of at least 2 hours. How and where that time is spent is a very individualized matter. It might be going to the park, the zoo, for a bite to eat, to a museum, to play ball, etc. Or it might be watching a video, or making dinner or working on homework. Group activities for mentors and kids together will be organized as often as possible. The important thing is that the time spent be quality time that's consistently and regularly spent together. This is what will enable the creation of a relationship in which the child or teen feels that he has an adult that he can count on, who provides him with companionship and modeling.

There are other models for mentoring that we are developing. One possibility is groups of mentors and kids who meet alternately individually and as groups. There also exists the possibility of hosting a child in your own home along with your own children. We are open to considering any and all models that achieve the same goals in a different way.

Preparation and Support

Our professional staff will be available to help you come up with an individualized plan for your specific situation based on the dynamics of your relationship and the conditions of where and when you meet. Besides individual preparation and guidance, there will be group meetings of volunteers in which ideas will be shared.

Volunteers are encouraged to think about with what type of child they want to work. We will then try and find the right match for you - the type of challenge that interests you with a child who needs what you have to offer.

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