BBBS of jackson county Programs
Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children ages 6 through 18 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. We have programs in communities across the country; including yours.
Making the Connection
Matches come together through our two essential programs:
- Community-Based Mentoring: For as little as an hour a week, Bigs and Littles meet in their community to share fun activities; stories; and a little bit of themselves. See below.
- Site-Based Mentoring: Bigs and Littles meet once a week in schools, libraries and community centers, to talk and have fun. It's not about being a tutor; it's about being a friend. See below.
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
Getting together is a great time for both Bigs and Littles. It doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a few hours every month sharing simple things you already enjoy with a young person. Things like:
- Shooting hoops
- Playing a board game
- Sharing a pizza
- Taking a walk in the park
- Or just hanging out and talking
More information on volunteering
More information on enrolling a child
There are two mentoring programs available to Little Brothers and Sisters through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County and within each of these programs are specialized mentoring opportunities:
Community Based Mentoring
- The matches are able to schedule their own activities within the community. This mentoring relationship will endure for at least one year, and at most a lifetime!
- The mentor and mentee must meet a minimum of 1 hour per week (or four hours monthly).
- Meeting times and activities are determined between the mentor and mentee. Couples ( married or two individuals of the same gender) may mentor a child together.
- COPE (Children of Promise Excel)
- Children in this program have an incarcerated parent. The program mirrors the community based program, and the children in COPE benefit from a relationship with a caring, supportive adult.
SITE Based Mentoring
- Bigs In-Schools
- The mentor joins his/her mentee at a school during the recess-lunch period
- (usually 40 minutes) for one day each week, for one calendar year.
- The mentors and mentees participate in activities such as eating lunch together, playing games, working on academics or just taking a walk on the school grounds.
- Bigs In-Schools is a perfect way to gain a greater sense of community.
- SITE Based Plus
- Mentors can choose to add elements of the Community Based program to the existing Bigs in Schools program. For example: taking their Little off the school campus for lunch, a trip to an employer or to attend one or more of our scheduled BBBSJC events among other community activities.
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
And 92.2% of every dollar you give goes directly to making and supporting matches; the remainder covers overall program administration.
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.