Inspired by Matilda Cuomo’s mentor program for youth ages 7 to 21, North Shore Youth Council was the first agency on Long Island to implement a one-on-one school-based mentoring service for at-risk youth.
Big Buddy-Little Buddy is our cross-age peer mentoring program that matches up a high school student with a younger student for support and guidance. In the beginning of the school year, high school volunteers, or “Big Buddies,” are trained under the guidelines of the Long Island Mentoring Partnership and paired up with younger students, or “Little Buddies,” to become their positive, responsible role models. “Big Buddies” motivate their “Little Buddies” to perform well at school, they encourage them to engage in recreational activities, and they help them overcome social fears. Our buddies gain meaningful experiences by spending time together each week in a structured, fun, and safe environment that is supervised by adults.
Each year we celebrate the Big Buddy-Little Buddy program by holding a celebration for all of the buddies and their families. Our youth are honored by North Shore Youth Council staff and local officials and awarded certificates for their participation, dedication, and volunteer work. Recognizing the students' commitment to making a real difference in the lives of their peers, the local communities and businesses support our event through sponsorships, donations, and raffles.
If you are interested in this program, learning how to become a sponsor or how to donate, contact us at 631-744-0207.
Big Buddy-Little Buddy Celebration - May 20, 2019
North Shore Youth Council is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community-based organization, funded in part by the Town of Brookhaven, the County of Suffolk, the State of New York, the North Shore Consortium, and public and private donations.
P.O. Box 1286, Rocky Point, NY 11778
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm Visit us in the portables on the grounds of the Joseph A. Edgar School in Rocky Point.