Project Friendship & Jr. Project Friendship
Through the Project Friendship programs, countless children have made lasting friendships while enjoying fun, safe activities with supportive adults or teens. “Big Friends” and “Little Friends” get together each week and do what friends do: talk, go to the park, play sports, see a movie, bake cookies, etc.
Such mentoring relationships have been proven to have many long-term benefits, including improved self-esteem and school performance, reduced incidents of crime, premature parenting and substance abuse, and greater expectations for one’s future.
Project Friendship (est. 1974) & Jr. Project Friendship (est. 1984) are both community-based mentoring programs for children. The difference between the two programs is the age of the Big Friend with Project Friendship providing adult mentors and Jr. Project Friendship providing teen mentors, who are high school juniors and seniors, to children between the ages of 8-12.
Children from the Greater Norwalk area (including Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Westport, and Wilton) between the ages of 8 and 12 who would benefit from a positive mentoring relationship. Preference is given to children who are from single-parent, low-income homes, and who have identified social service needs.
Big Friends (mentors) and Little Friends (mentees) meet weekly for two to three hours throughout the year during non-school hours.
There is no fee to participants: however, some activities chosen by the Big and Little Friend may incur a cost.
To provide youth and their families who are facing adversity with professionally supported mentoring relationships as a means to help all parties gain new life skills, develop a stronger character, and be exposed to new opportunities and people.
- To become a mentor for Project Friendship, you mus be 18 years old with a clean criminal, child abuse, and driving record check.
- To become a mentor for Jr. Project Friendship, you must be a Junior or Senior in High School who has a drivers license and transportation.
- Complete the application and go through an in depth interview and orientation process.
- Most importantly, commit to making a difference in the life of a “Little Friend” by being consistent, patient, and supportive.
For More Information
For more information on our Mentoring program or to obtain an application, contact Anne Schneider, Coordinator of Mentoring Services at (203) 523-5776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.