COVID-19 Resources

We understand everyone's concern around COVID-19 at this time and our top priority is child safety and the safety of our volunteers. We also want to stress the importance of mentorship and the personal relationship you have with your Little Brother or Little Sister. With the CDC guidelines of maintaining social distancing of six feet in mind, we are asking our matches to suspend in person meetings for at least two weeks, effective immediately. We know this is a lot to ask, but we want to emphasize that this is to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and is something we will be constantly monitoring through the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

With that being said, we are encouraging telecommunication through FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, calling, and/or texting. Please communicate with your Little's parent or guardian about when and how often you can communicate with them. With schools being closed, we really want to encourage you to connect with your Little and talk about how they are feeling during this time. Your Match Support Specialist is here if you need any support around how to talk to your Little about everything that is going on and specific worries they might have. Below is a compilation of resources that will be helpful for you and your Little.

For questions please contact your Match Support Specialist or email Programs@bbbscm.org.

Coronavirus Resources:

Coronavirus Talking Points

Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus Disease

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

NASP - Talking to Children about COVID-19

CDC - Talking with Children about Coronavirus

Coping with Disaster

KidsHealth- Coronavirus

Visual for Kids

Educational Resources:

BBBS' MySTEAM Resource Kit

Listing of Educational Subscriptions

The Ultimate List of STEM Activities from The Homeschool Scientist

Skype a Scientist

DuoLingo - Learning Language App

Stay Connected

Ideas and Activities for Virtual Mentoring

What's App - Exchange texts, photos, and videos (and/or use voice memos or the video call option) – FREE 

Marco Polo - Walkie-talkie by short video without losing your chats – FREE