The Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister Program (BB/BS), a program of JFCS, is a community-based mentoring program for Jewish-identified youth that is designed to promote positive social-emotional-spiritual development and increase engagement in the Jewish community. Since the program’s inception in 1975, it has matched 400 Jewish youth with mentors. Youth ages 6-12 at time of enrollment are thoughtfully matched with carefully screened and selected volunteer mentors that support them in reaching their goals. Match activities are tailored to individual needs, interests, and abilities. Matches are monitored and supported by professional staff and provide positive role modeling, access to Jewish holidays and events, and the chance to have some fun with a friend.
ParentChild+ is a free home visiting program that promotes creative ways to learn through play, increases parenting skills and helps children prepare for school.
· Participating families receive free educational books and toys
· Families begin the program when their child is 18 months to 2.5 years old
· Trained early learning specialists work with families in their homes two times a week for two years
· Spanish, Somali and Hmong speaking home visitors available
ParentChild+ FCC Model is an early learning program for family child care providers and children in their care.
· Trained early learning specialists visit twice weekly
· Providers receive free books and toys and discover valuable ways to use them in learning activities
· Each child takes home educational books to keep
This program recognizes that when families have basic needs satisfied, adequate healthcare and stable housing, their children are more likely to get to school and succeed. ACT, which serves families in elementary school and early childhood programs in the St Louis Park School District, provides resources to assist with parenting support, school and educational concerns, and access to community resources.