STARS/AMACHI Mentoring - Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff is excited to announce its collaboration with Pima Prevention Partnership to bring the AZ STARS Mentoring Program to Flagstaff. The program supports children with incarcerated parents by matching them in a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Volunteers are matched with a child between the ages of 6 and 15 to form a mentoring relationship. During outings, Bigs and Littles do every day activities that provide children with the opportunity to discover a world of possibilities for their life.
In Coconino County, there are over 1,200 children with incarcerated parents. Bigs and Littles meet a few times per month, for a couple of hours each time, at places and times convenient to both. The two share similar interests, and spend their time together engaged in activities such as playing a sport, going hiking, or simply hanging out. Bigs in the STARS program receive specific additional training regarding children of incarcerated parents.
Volunteers must meet the following criteria to be matched with a child in our community-based program
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be open to being matched with a child in need of a positive adult friend in their life
- Be able to commit to a 1 year relationship, meeting at least 2 times a month (NAU students can be matched if not a full time Flagstaff resident)
- Have reliable transportation and have valid DL and proof of insurance and/or identification card
- Complete enrollment, interview, and orientation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff
If you meet the criteria above and are ready to get started please call (928)774-0649 to speak with an agency staffer, or fill out our Online Interest Form.
For more information on the AZ STARS Statewide Mentoring Programs visit the agency website at http://starsmp.org/index.php