In the 2017-18 school year, Big Brothers Big Sisters began working with repeat ninth graders and struggling tenth graders at Davie County High School. The program is called S.M.A.R.T. Mentoring (Students Maximizing Achievement, Relationships and Time).
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ goal is to serve these repeat ninth graders and/or struggling tenth graders in a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a focus on improving their academic status. Bigs will visit their Littles during their S.M.A.R.T. lunch period (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) once a week for one year, and a group mentoring session will take place once a month.
Kristian, a recent high school graduate, said his mentor changed his life because he was on a path that would have led to joining a gang, but his Big Brother showed him that he could have a better future.
“He made me see the good in life, more than just gangs. Every year school gets harder for me, but talking to my mentor helped me overcome my problems,” he said. “Now I don’t want to just fit into a typical stereotype. I want to educate myself and make everyone proud of the young man I’ve become. It’s all because of my Big Brother.”
According to 2015-16 data from Davie County Schools’ annual report, for the first time since 2006-07, the dropout rate for Davie County Schools increased from 2.49 to 3.4. Despite the increase, this rate is lower than the dropout rate five years ago, in 2010-11, when it was 4.02.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters is excited to partner with Davie County High School to provide one-to-one mentoring relationships to repeat ninth graders and struggling tenth graders,” said Jenna Hendricks, Director of Programs for the agency. “We are determined to find mentors who will help these students graduate.”
Volunteer today at bbbsnc.org or call 336-751-9906.