Worcester Area College Mentors Program (WACMP)
Thanks to the dedication and giving spirit of staff and students at five area colleges, Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass/Metrowest has one of the largest college mentor programs in the country. Today more than 700 college students from five Worcester schools mentor at-risk children in the city’s elementary and middle schools each week. Since the program was born in 2000, over 6,000 lives have been changed. When children are matched with a mentor in BBBS programs, 89% are less likely to engage in risky behavior and 95% report improvements in academic success. While the mentoring has a measurable impact on participating children, our mentors report that being a Big is a life changing experience for them as well.
Each college in the WACMP has their own unique involvement in our programs. Assumption College is the only campus-based program, where Assumption provides transportation from Flagg Street School to the campus. Clark University runs their program through a school club called CUBS, so they are granted a budget which is used to fund multiple field trips for matches each year. Past field trips include going to Davis Farmland, the Southwick Zoo, and Providence Bruins games. Holy Cross is our largest site with the greatest student-athlete presence. Nichols College serves the entirety of Southern Worcester. WPI offers the largest MySTEM presence out of all of our college mentoring programs.
|College||Who They Serve|
|Assumption College||Flagg Street School|
|Clark University||Central Community Branch YMCA Jacob Hiatt School Woodland Academy|
|College of the Holy Cross||Boys and Girls Club of Worcester Canterbury Street School Vernon Hill (all-girls program)|
|Nichols College||Dudley Elementary School Dudley Middle School Webster Dudley Boys and Girls Club|
|Worcester Polytechnic Institute||Belmont Street School Elm Park School|
Most of our college programs host a large campus based event at the end of the school year so Littles can have a fun day with their Bigs one more time before the long summer break. At these events, matches enjoy food, games, and STEM and art activities. Field day also gives the Little a chance to tour their Big’s college campus and see what it would be like to attend college. Since these events are so huge, we are grateful to have donations from community-driven organizations in the area. Recent donations came from: Polar, KIND Bars, Yasso Frozen Yogurt, Frosty Flyer from Fidelity Bank and Wegmans.
Click HERE or see below for a video describing the origins of our college mentors program in Worcester.