Bigs + Littles = Matches
Big Brothers Big Sisters matches school age children with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. We target the children who need us the most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty, lose of a parent, and coping with parental incarceration. Our services are very unique in their combination of informal friendship with the support of professional case management.
Community Based Mentoring: one-to-one and couple matching
• Mentoring Children of Prisoners
• Couples as Bigs
Adult School Based Mentoring: one-to-one matching within the school setting
• Veterans as Bigs
• School-Based PLUS
High School Mentoring: one-to-one matching within the school setting between high school students and elementary school students
Site Based Mentoring: on-to-one matching within a specific meeting location which matches children to adult volunteers
EMPOWER: Child Sexual Abuse and Prevention Training, which is presented to all children, parents, and volunteers enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs
Agency Activities: fun activities just for matches, waiting Littles,and family members.
How a Big Becomes a Big (and a Little a Little)
A lot of things have to happen before we make a match. All our Bigs go through a thorough background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support along the way — so that matches can grow into lasting friendships.
What Bigs and Littles Do:
- Shooting hoops
- Playing a board game
- Sharing a pizza
- Taking a walk in the park
- Or just hanging out and talking
Your donation will make a difference
Calls come in every day from parents, teachers and guidance counselors. They know what a difference a mentor can make in a child’s life. Your gift can help make Big magic for children in your local community by:
- Helping us to recruit new Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers
- Ensuring that trained professionals match children to caring and responsible Bigs
- Offering one-on-one, ongoing supervision and support for every match
- Providing cultural and social activities to enrich the opportunities for children
Think about a child who has wished for a Big Brother or Big Sister. Someone to have fun with and confide in. Someone to be a mentor. A guide. A friend. Now … think of how your gift could make a difference in that child’s life.