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If you want to directly change the life of a child, be a mentor!  The long lasting effects of being a mentor are well documented: better attendance in school, more likely to go to college, reduced risk for substance abuse, more postive social attitudes and relationships, increased trust with parents, just to name a few. 

There are several excellent programs that match mentors, and each is different.  Mentoring works best over time, so take some time to find a program that fits your schedule and passion. 


Anne Gribbon, Executive Director
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280 Tenisy Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Adults are paired with individual children with the goal of being consistent, caring adults in the children’s lives. Mentors meet with their child one hour a week at the child's school to talk, eat lunch, work on school projects or play games. This program does not run through the summer unless you make special arrangements. SVA offers a short training workshop for all new mentors.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brother Big Sister

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut
Wendy Wade, Customer Relations Specialist
2470 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06605
800-240-7186 ext 11

This program allows adults to find times that work for both the adult and the child (during school, after school and/or weekends). BBBS provides training and ongoing support to mentors.


Family Reentry

Tina Banas, Program Manager
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Family Reentry provides mentoring to many disadvantaged children and youth in need of support within the Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford areas.  Adult volunteers assist youth by developing a positive connection through a mentoring relationship.   Volunteers will receive training and support as they build a positive connection with a child/youth in need.   Consider how you can have a positive impact on a child or youth in your community!  (Our mentoring programs are especially in need of male volunteers) 

J-Connect is a community based mentoring program serving youth ages 12-17 who are involved with the juvenile justice system. Mentoring is community based with a weekly commitment of 2+ hours and the visit days/times are flexible weekdays or weekends.  Volunteer mentors commit to minimum of 6-12 months and must be age 21 or older with access to a personal vehicle.

Champions is a school based mentoring program serving children (ages 6-17) who are impacted by parental incarceration.  Mentoring is a one hour weekly commitment on the same day/time each week during school day hours and is done in Bridgeport local schools.  Volunteer mentors commit to a school year and must be age 18 or older.



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