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Beyond School Walls

Imagine the possibilities... 

…a child’s eyes grow big with excitement as they enter a
   skyscraper for the first time.

…a boy looks forward to school because he will visit his mentor. 

…a student says that she wants to be a CEO.

…an employee returns to his desk energized by an hour with his mentee.


What will you start at your company or school?

School-Based Mentoring with a Twist!

Beyond School Walls is a version of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ (BBBS) blue-ribbon one-to-one youth mentoring program. Through a partnership with BBBS Independence Region, companies like Comcast, QVC and Urban Outfitters give back to the community by hosting children from a nearby school at their corporate office. The children meet in the workplace with the employee volunteer mentor two to four times per month during the school day for about an hour. A BBBS Independence Region Match Support Specialist manages the program on-site while Bigs and Littles play games, do arts and crafts, tour the office or just talk with one another. BBBS Independence Region launched the Beyond School Walls program in 2006 and currently has 25 corporate partners participating in the program.

What are the benefits for the child?
BBBS Independence Region's Beyond School Walls program introduces children to jobs at an early age, giving them an opportunity to learn about the corporate world first-hand. Through relationships with "Corporate Bigs", Littles experience what it means to work for a corporation and the educational requirements needed to achieve this professional success. At Wawa's headquarters in Delaware County, Littles and Bigs can take a walk to the farm to visit dairy cows. At Cigna, it's a weekly lunch in a skyscraper that most Littles in the program never imagined visiting. The value is the same: children are exposed to professional environments, new career paths and life goals are introduced, and lives are truly changed.

“We don’t want to reinvent the wheel in our community investment programs, so we look for strong partners who have excellent programs. This is the single best program that we have been able to partner with.”
David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast

“I used to want to be a teacher. Now I want to be a president of a company.”
- Beyond School Walls Little Sister

“I constantly tell friends, family, neighbors, contacts about the Beyond School Walls program.”
- Beyond School Walls Big

To learn more about starting a Beyond School Walls program, contact Jennifer Carroll, Vice President, Program, at jcarroll@independencebigs.org or 215.790.9200.

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Our Current Beyond School Walls Partners:

AmeriHealth Caritas & Widener Partnership Charter School

Bentley Systems & Collegium Charter School & Renaissance Academy

BNY Mellon & Stewart Middle School

Cigna & William Dick Elementary School

Comcast & Potter Thomas Elementary

Exelon Generation & New Garden Elementary School

First Judicial District & Ben Franklin High School

Fox Rothschild & Waring Elementary School

Hamilton Lane & Mastery Charter - Shoemaker Campus

Holman Enterprises & Lawnside Public School

Janssen & Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy

Key Bank & Bridgeport Elementary School

McNeil & AB Day School

PECO & Logan Elementary School

Philadelphia 76ers & Camden High School

Philadelphia City Hall & Delaplaine McDaniel Elementary School

Philadelphia Entrepreneurs & Carver High School of Engineering and Science

Philadelphia Union Foundation & Toby Farms Elementary School

Publicis & Martin Luther King, Jr. High School

QVC, Inc.& Collegium Charter School & Renaissance Academy

Reed Smith & D. Newlin Fell School

SEI & East Norriton Middle School

Urban Outfitters & Sharswood Elementary School

U.S. Attorney's Office & Dr. Ethel Allen School

Vertex & Eisenhower Middle School

VideoRay & Pottstown Middle School

Wawa & Highland Park Elementary School

Wells Fargo & Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences

Thanks to our Beyond School Walls partner corporations!

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