Parents please be advised that in person sessions have resumed.
4th to 8th graders will meet at 11 Pine Street, Montclair from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm. 9th to 12th graders will meet at the same location from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm
Topic: Little Brother to Brother & Brother to
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Day: Tuesdays, when school is in session
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Brochures will be revised when students are released from remote learning.
PARENTS, PLEASE READ:
New applications are required each school year for our records and must be completed in order for your child to participate in any offsite activities/trips.
We are required by the state to provide the information requested on the application form in order to receive funding for Brother to Brother/ Little Brother to Brother programs. This should be the same information that your child's school requires, and we also require it in order to be in compliance. If you feel more comfortable providing this information in private, please make an appointment to come to the office with your documents.
We would also like to request that all applications be submitted online; to cut down on errors when information is entered into our database. Once an application is submitted your child is welcome to start attending meetings. If you do not have access to a computer, we will be happy to work with you in our office. Please call and make an appointment to request this service.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Brother to Brother and Little Brother to Brother Programs
Our Brother to Brother (BTB) program is open to Essex County middle and high-school-aged males ranging from the 6th through 12th grades. Their families, teachers, and guidance counselors seek out our support, knowing that BTB can help these young men maintain a positive self-image, proper conduct, and see the need to work hard for educational success.
We offer young men a community where they can hear from others their age, and from men, as well, we provide a safe space where they can share their stories and understand they are NOT ALONE. With mentoring, young men are making better choices resulting in higher grades and fewer discipline issues. Teenage years are the critical window of opportunity to empower boys to follow their dreams.
Brother to Brother offers young men a safe place where they can talk about what is really going on in their lives within a community of mentors and peers who listen and help them make better choices.
Parents also requested a similar program for elementary school boys as well. We heard the call, and in 2015, we expanded the program to include Little Brother to Brother (LBTB) for 4th and 5th graders at Charles H. Bullock School. In 2017, the program was expanded again to include Watchung School. We continue to grow. Bradford and Edgemont Montessori were added in 2019. Our newest addition is Northeast.
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Supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees.
Benefits for youth:
Increased high school graduation rates
Lower high school dropout rates
Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
Better attitude about school
Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
Improved behavior, both at home and at school
Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
Improved interpersonal skills
Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use (MENTOR, 2009; Cavell, DuBois, Karcher, Keller, & Rhodes, 2009)
Student and Parent Eligibility Requirements:
Student enrollment is free. Parents/caregivers, however, must complete a student application for their teenager/young man to be enrolled in the program. We receive state and/or federal funding, and therefore applicant parents/caregivers or guardians must also submit income or income status information.
Male students who are currently enrolled in school in grades 4-12, qualify to participate in the Brother to Brother program. Even though the program is in Montclair, our program is open to students from other towns. Our only stipulation is that they must be able to get to our meetings and offsite events on their own (with parental permission) or with parental transportation.
Students enrolled in grades 4-5 at Charles H. Bullock, Watchung, Bradford, Hillside and Edgemont Montessori, and Northeast Schools qualify to participate in the Little Brother to Brother Program. All sessions will be conducted at 11 Pine Street, Montclair.
Students must have parental/caregiver permission and ongoing support to participate in the program. This includes a commitment to have their child attend most weekly, 1-hour meetings, and periodic special events for the duration of the academic year.
Students and parents must agree to fill out a short confidential questionnaire at the beginning and end of the program cycle. These questionnaires help us improve the quality of the services we provide.
Our program Parent Liaison will contact you after reviewing the application and release form you submit, to clear up any questions.
Your child is welcome to join us at the next scheduled evening meeting. Please review the appropriate brochure for your school's meeting schedule.