Could your little one use a Big?
For over 55 years, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of thousands of young people – 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 of 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
Who are our Bigs?
Our volunteer mentors (we call them “Big Brothers” or “Big Sisters”) come from a wide variety of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. They are mature individuals who work at many different sectors such as finance, education, technology, medicine, real estate, etc…or attend the local college/high school.
What is the screening process for an individual to become a mentor?
Our volunteers go through a comprehensive screening process which includes the following: application, orientation, a thorough interview, background check, home assessment, references, and mentor training.
How does the matching process work?
We match our volunteer mentors (our “Big Brothers/Big Sisters”) with our youth, based on their personality, common interests, geographical location, and life goals. The process starts with the family coming in for an interview. When the child is picked our program match support specialists start looking for the most suitable volunteer to form the match. When a volunteer is chosen all parties (program match support specialist, parent, child, volunteer) come to the agency to get to know each other and go over the match guidelines. Once all the parties feel comfortable moving forward with the match, the child and the volunteer mentor are formally matched in a mentoring relationship.
Will my child be matched with a male or female mentor?
Our matches are always same gender. Therefore, girls are match with female mentors, and boys are matched with male mentors.
How much does the program cost?
Our program is free to families.
How long will my child have his/her mentor?
We ask for a one-year commitment, but our matches could formally stay in the program until the child graduates from high school. Some of the relationships formed at Big Brothers Big Sisters have stayed together for a life-time.
What is the time commitment?
Match outings are according to the schedule of the mentor and the family. They usually occur on weekends when the match can meet for the dedicated 4 hours, twice a month, once every two weeks.