What is Beyond School Walls?

The Beyond School Walls Workplace Mentoring model is a one-to-one Site-Based Mentoring program through which youth from a local school meet with an employee volunteer mentor weekly during the school year. This new program initiative introduces middle school youth to jobs early in their middle school years, allowing them to experience what it means to work for a corporation or government agency and the educational requirements needed to achieve professional success, all while building a strong and supportive mentoring relationship. This program model has been structured based on other Big Brothers Big Sisters workplace mentoring programs from around the country that have been proven successful.


“We are very thankful for our collaborative partnership with Unum.  It was their willingness to host the first local Beyond School Walls Program in 2016 that has enabled Big Brothers Big Sisters to expand our program, thus allowing for life-changing opportunities for so many of our city’s youth.” Theresa L. Varos, Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga


Big Sister Niki and Little Sister Carolyn
Waiting for Littles on launch day!
Big Brother Jeriel and Little Brother Camren

City of Chattanooga


Getting to know each other!
Launch Day!
Big Brother Andrew and Little Brother Roy



Big Sister Hannah and Little Sister Haley
Big Sister Denise and Little Sister Arianna
Big Brother Jeff and Little Brother Deonta

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