BE A BIG
The interview will let
us learn more about
you and who would
be a good little
HOME VISIT& TRAINING
Meet your case manager and complete
the training with our professional staff
CHOOSE YOUR LITTLE
We will present you
with potential littles.
Once you choose
him/her, it's time
to meet your Little.
COMMUNITY BASED MENTORING PROGRAM
Bigs and Littles get together on their own to share fun activities they both enjoy. Matches typically meet for one hour a week.
Getting together is a great time for both the Big and the Little. It doesn't require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a few hours every month to share the simple things you already like to do. FIND OUT MORE...
and Littles meet for one-to-one mentoring in the classroom, school
library, school computer room, neighborhood community center, or other
set location. Bigs and Littles typically meet once a week to read
together, play sports or computer games, or simply talk about life and
personal issues just as friends do.
OUR LITTLES DESERVE THE BEST
Bigs must be 16 years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license and be willing to commit to a long-term volunteer experience (minimum one-year, however, most friendships last much longer).
They must also do the following:
BEING A BIG IS FUN!
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things you will ever do. It's easy, too. Your Little can join you for the kinds of activities you already like to do, such as:
Just 1 hour a week or 4 hours a month can change a young person's life.
Depending on the Big Brothers Big Sisters program you're in, you will meet your Little at his or her school or in the community.
Little Brothers and Little Sisters come from all kinds of backgrounds. Some are really little (as young as six) and some are teenagers. Some may live on your block and some a few miles away. What do they all have in common?
They need the friendship and guidance of someone like YOU.
"As a Big, you're simply a friend. Your friendship fits your lifestyle. Busy people of all ages can get involved-choose the program that works best for you!" -Ron, age 54, Big Brother
How to apply: The easiest and fastest way to get started is to complete our convenient online inquiry form.
After you complete a short form online, a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will contact you. You'll then need to:
Alternatively, you may call 517-784-7181 during regular business hours to volunteer.
We're here to help.
You've been thinking about getting involved. Now you know how easy it is and how much your help is needed. Why not apply to be a Big today?
BIG MEMORIES EVERY DAY
Rob Albertson has a busy medical practice in Jackson but he wanted to find time in his schedule to share the benefits of the blessings he has experienced in life with a young person in Jackson County. In October, 2008, Rob was matched in the Site-Based Program at Arnold Elementary in Michigan Center with 2nd grader and Little Brother, Corey. Over the past three-plus years (a total of four school-years), the two of them have built an amazing and close relationship.