vfDeerfield Academy and Northfield Mount Hermon BBBS Programs
Is it Friday Yet?
This is the question you will be asked by your child when he or she is matched with a Northfield Mount Hermon or Deerfield Academy Big Brother or Big Sister.
Northfield Mount Hermon School (NMH) and Deerfield Academy (DA) are two internationally recognized private college preparatory schools. Both schools have beautiful campuses and facilities and attract highly motivated students from across the United States and around the world. We have partnered with these two schools since the 1980’s to provide quality mentoring programs on their campuses.
Children between the ages of 6 and 11 are matched with Juniors and Seniors. The child and his or her mentor (Big) meet on Friday evenings during the school year. Children stay matched with the same Big for a year and a half, until the Big graduates. Friday's start with dinner in the school’s dining hall, followed by a variety of activities on campus. The activities may include swimming, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, sports, and Bingo! Bigs and Littles can also watch athletic events, or they can attend concerts, dance performances and other events happening on campus on Friday evenings.
Staff from Big Brothers Big Sisters are on duty at the schools during every match meeting. The Bigs at NMH and DA volunteer to be a part of this program, and each one completes a thorough assessment process prior to being matched. Both Bigs and Littles benefit from the friendships they make and the fun times that they have together!
Children are matched depending on where they live, so children from central, south, and western Franklin County are typically matched at DA, while children from northern and eastern Franklin County are matched at the NMH program. The schools provide limited transportation to select children from Greenfield, Turners Falls, Athol, and Orange.
Our prep school programs offer a wonderful opportunity for your child to have fun each week with a positive teen role model. If you are interested for your child, please complete the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!