Big Brother/Big Sister Mentoring Program for Pre-Teens/Teenagers Living with Sickle Cell Disease:
Does your pre-teen/teenager need a role model to look up to? Someone who has walked a similar road as them to talk to? Someone to seek advice from about sickle cell disease as they grow older? Someone to empower your teen?
The Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation Patient and Parent Support Group and Children’s Cancer Clinic are collaborating to create a mentoring program for patients aged 9-16 with Sickle Cell Disease. Patients will be paired with an older, carefully screened mentor (aged 19-25) who is also living with SCD. Mentors will be expected to provide social and emotional support to their mentees on a monthly basis, or more if needed. Support can be in the form of telecommunication, text messaging, e-mailing, social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
Studies have shown that mentoring programs can increase likelihood of graduation and lower dropout rates in school, enhance self-esteem and self-confidence, improve behavior, and teach youth how to maintain strong relationships. Mentors will also have the benefits of increased self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment!
If you are interested in your child being a mentee or applying to be a mentor, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601-366-5874.