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As the 2016-2017 school year begins, thank you to the following businesses and organizations for renewing their support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Enhanced School Based Mentoring program.


The Enhanced School Based Mentoring program began in 2013 as a component of We Read to Succeed. We Read To Succeed is a community-wide initiative, led by United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County designed to ensure that more students in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Matches are made through the Big Brothers Big Sisters School Based Program and meet at the child’s school for one hour each week. Mentors commit a portion of their time guiding their Littles in activities that promote literacy. Through the friendships Littles build with their Bigs, they gain increased confidence and engagement in school activities to support overall academic growth.

To learn more about how you or your business can support the Enhanced School Based Mentoring program, contact Assistant Director Lindsey Douglas at or 540.433.8886.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County is a youth-services organization that pairs adult mentors in professionally guided, one-to-one matches with children facing adversity. As an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, the organization holds itself accountable for children in the program to achieve positive, measurable outcomes through research-based methods. Among other improvements, local evaluation data shows that children served progress academically, avoid delinquency, and experience increased self-confidence. Founded locally in 1976 as an outreach of Trinity Presbyterian Church, the organization is the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in the state of Virginia, serving 638 children in 2015. 

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