Special Times Shared with Special People
Many of the children and adolescents at Allendale have little or
no contact with their families. Mentoring, which matches a caring
adult with a young person, can significantly improve a youth’s
life—educationally, behaviorally, and emotionally.
Big PALs, our volunteer mentoring program, provides children with
the opportunity to develop a real, trusting, positive, one-on-one
relationship with an adult. Adult volunteers take time out of their
lives to develop these relationships. They make a commitment to
be consistent and dependable—to maintain a steady presence
in the child’s life. They listen to what the child has to
say, and they pay attention to what he or she thinks is important.
Most of all, a mentoring role
means friendship and support. A Big PAL spends time with
his or her child weekly.
||Go to a movie
||Have a picnic
||Take a walk around campus
||Do a little homework
A Big PAL may even have the child visit
overnight for a weekend or a holiday.
Just by giving time, mentors can make a tremendous difference in
a child’s emotional and social development. To children, a
mentor means a trusted friend who cares about them—a role
model who they can look up to, and who will help them believe in
Learn what it
takes to be a Big PAL.