So many ways to get started.
Whether you spend time with your Little in the community or visit them for school lunch, your involvement will have a lasting impact.
Big Brothers Big Sisters offers two core mentoring programs.
Our Community-Based program allows for Bigs and Littles to "hang out" together at a park, movie theater, car show, or wherever they agree upon with parent consent. We ask our Community-Based Bigs to spend a minimum of 4 to 6 hours each month with their Little.
Our School-Based program is a great option for Bigs who would prefer to meet with their Littles once per week at the Little's school during their lunch hour. These visits take place at one of our participating elementary schools and are overseen by our Program Specialists.
Click on one of the links below to learn more about each of these programs.
Big meets Little.
Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved with them, is possible because of donations from people like you. It's also why we're able to offer such a wide variety of programs that pair children, ages 6 through 18, with role models in one-to-one relationships.
How a Big becomes a Big—and a Little, a Little.
Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through an extensive background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, fruitful friendships. It’s also important to note that the entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can’t do what we do best without them!
What’s a Big and Little to do?
Each match is unique. Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy. For example:
- Playing catch
- Reading books
- Getting ice cream
- Going to a museum
- Providing advice and inspiration
For more information about all of our programs, send us an email or give us a call at 505-983-8360.