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Big Hearts, Little Hands

Do you have an hour or two a week? If so, read on to see what impact you may make in someone's life with that short time period!

Big Hearts Little Hands is a mentoring program of the Y, located at the YMCA of Indiana County.  Mentoring creates a unique bond structured with trust, care and guidance to build support systems in the lives of our youth. The relationship focuses on the individuals needs of each LITTLE, personally, academically and socially. All children have the potential to succeed in life and make meaningful contributions to society. However, not all children receive the support they need at home to thrive in life. Mentoring has proved to be a powerful tool for helping youth to live up to their full potential.  
Statistics show that children with Mentors demonstrate solid improvements at home, in school and in their social lives.  Their attitudes and views become more positive about school, succeeding academically, and building lasting relationships.
Children with mentors are less likely to…

  • Engage in drug/alcohol related activities
  • Join a gang
  • Participate in criminal activity
  • Become pregnant

As a mentor you will find yourself making a BIG difference in the life of a LITTLE person.
To be a mentor, you don't need special skills, just an ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young person.  You’ll be amazed by how much you'll get out of the experience.

Contact Shenika Washington for more information on
Big Hearts, Little Hands!

Be the BIG HEART that makes a difference in the life of one of Indiana County’s LITTLE HANDS.

Application to become a Big.

Application to become a Little.


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Our Mission Statement: "To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body, and spirit for all."



Do You Have What It Takes...

How do I become a mentor?
1. Fill out & return application packet
A background check and reference check is completed
2. Meet for an in-person interview/match assessment
Home assessment required and scheduled during interview
3. Once a "little" is selected, the mentor meets with family and "Little"
Schedule to meet at the YMCA for initial match meeting, rules and guide

Additionally you must be 18 years or older to be a BIG
and commit to least one year.

How do I become a "little"?
1.Parent/Guardian complete a little enrollment application
Review of application, guidelines, requirements and rules for BHLH
2. Meet for a family interview/match assessment
Home assessment is required IF family DOES NOT have a family case plan with a separate Human Services agency (Home Assessment is scheduled at time of interview)
3. Once a mentor is selected, child and family meet with mentor
Schedule to meet at the YMCA for initial match meeting, rules and guide

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