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

OUR PROGRAMS

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.

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