Parent Organization: Volunteers In Action
The goal of Big Buddies is to provide underprivilaged children from a Burlington area elementary school (Integrated Arts Academy) with a student mentor. In achieving this end, the coordinators of Big Buddies work closely with the guidance counselor in the elementary school to match students with those children that are most eligible. Mentors and mentees can spend their time together doing different activites that is decided on by the pair. The commitment required from UVM students is a full academic year for a minimum of 2 hours a week spent with their little buddy. It is a very rewarding organization for both the mentor and the mentee.