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CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON MENTORING

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Starting in November we have returned to a remote only model for mentoring. We are actively engaged in public health discourse and recommendations and will reevaluate this decision in early January. As is true with every decision we make, the health of our kids is our first priority. 

 

Starting in March we modified our programs to enable - with mutual consent - remote forms of communication that we have traditionally not supported. We will continue to offer these possibilities along with Match Resources so that all matches can continue to grow and flourish during this challenging time. 

We've modified our program and protocols to allow for communication and engagement through platforms such as FaceTime and Zoom. The Match Resources page was created to provide online educational resources for families who have school-aged kids at home.

MENTORING AT A DISTANCE
WHAT DOES MENTORING LOOK LIKE NOW?

Everyone is feeling the stress and strain of uncertainty. We encourage Bigs & Littles to create new routines that don't include in-person activities but do include shared experiences and opportunities to process the world with a trusted adult. A few examples of how Bigs & Littles can stay connected: 

  • Use FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or the telephone to talk

  • Technology permitting, try apps like WORDS with Friends or Draw Something

  • Read the same book or watch the same movie/show and talk about it over the phone   

  • Agree on a new skill to learn and share your experience

We are working quickly to modify our standards and practices so that our Littles can continue to benefit from the warmth and care of their Bigs while ensuring that Bigs, Littles, families, and our BBBS staff minimize the risk of COVID-19 contraction. 

WHAT ABOUT SCHOOL-BASED MATCHES?

Starting in November all school-based matches have moved to a remote model as well.

And it is working! 

WHAT IS HAPPENING AT BBBS NW MONTANA?

We are continuing to enroll Bigs and Littles while finding more ways to support our existing matches who have moved to the remote model. We have prioritized community involvement as an organization as we know it will take a village to move us past this pandemic. We know that kids in our community need as much support as they can get right now and in response to that need we are working every day on making our programs more robust and our support more effective. 

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Feel free to email any of us with questions, ideas, or concerns. In the week of March 22nd, we will be reaching out to all Bigs & Littles (families) to check-in. Families of Littles, in particular, we want to know if there are any needs you have in the home. We cannot promise solutions, but we do want to know if there is a common thread of need that we could potentially address with the aid of local organizations. 

DO YOU HAVE ONLINE RESOURCES FOR MATCHES?

Yes! And we are working diligently on expanding these resources. Please go to the Match Resources page. Bigs and parents/guardians of Littles may find these resources beneficial and helpful throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. All logos shown are clickable links. Check back regularly for updates.

OFFICIAL COVID  RESOURCES

Missoula Area Chamberof Commerce
Missoula Public Health City-County Health Department
CDC | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau
Flathead City-County Health Department
Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services

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