Chinatown Big Sibling Program
There are four primary goals of the program:
To provide companionship and a positive role model.
To introduce a child who does not often leave Chinatown to experience the opportunities that may
not otherwise be available to him or her.
To be sensitive to issues of culture and cultural identity.
To help volunteers gain insight into an inner city's child's life and
experience the challenges and richness of an ethnic community.
It is hoped that volunteers and their little siblings will develop close and lasting
relationships that enable both to grow and learn about
themselves and their world.
The volunteer is
required to make a two-year commitment to the relationship,
as well as to visit the child at least once a week. The
location and hours of these visits are to be arranged
between the volunteer, the little siblings, and the parents.
Various group activities and events
are planned throughout the year, and the volunteer is
expected to come with her/his little sibling. Finally, there
will be individual meetings scheduled between the volunteer and
program directors during the course of the semester to
evaluate and discuss the development of the
Most children in the
program reside in the Chinatown community and are between
the ages of 5 and 14. Preference is given to children with
special needs and situations, such as those from
single-parent or troubled families as well as recent
If the prospective volunteer is
accepted into the program after the application and
interview process, a meeting will then be scheduled with a
social worker in the Chinatown community who is familiar
with the child's background and needs. The social worker,
along with the program director, is available throughout the
year to address any issues and concerns that may
If you have any further questions,
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