Could your little one could use a Big?
It all starts with the right role models. And Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. For over 100 years, due in large part to private donations, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country one Little at a time.
You’ll feel the impact as much as your child.
A study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:
- are more confident
- are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol
- do better in school
- get along better with their family and friends
- feel better about themselves
We need you to be an active partner.
Working together, patents/caregivers, volunteers and BBBS staff plan activities and opportunities that can have a powerful and positive impact on your child.
Who are our Little Brothers and Little Sisters?
Most children, ages 6-12, in our programs come to us through their parent or caregiver. We also reach out to involve children through churches, youth services agencies and other referral sources.
Who are our Big Brothers and Big Sisters?
Men and women over the age of 18 who live and work in our community (must have access to a vehicle), college students from nearby schools, members of congregations or civic organizations, and just ordinary people that are extraordinary.
What they all have in common is a sincere interest in a friend and mentor to a child. They are not paid – all of their time is volunteered.
How do we select volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sisters?
Each volunteer must complete a screening process that includes:
- A written application
- A criminal history record check
- At least 3 references
- An in-person interview
- A home visit
- A professional decision about whether they should volunteer with a child
- An orientation and training process that will help to encourage your child’s healthy development
- Big Brothers Big Sisters also provides child safety tips to you and your child and we welcome your questions and feedback
When they get together, what do matches do?
They typically meet up to 3 times a month to go biking, hiking, fishing, go to a show, go walking in the park or to a ballgame. They might also bake a cake or build a birdhouse – the choice is up to them.
How do I sign my child up?
Just fill out the form at the link below and send it to bbbsid