GET A BIG


STEP 1
INQUIRY





STEP 2
RECEIVE APPLICATION
APPLY NOW


STEP 3
ORIENTATION / PARENT INTERVIEW



STEP 4
YOUTH/
INTERVIEW HOME VISIT


STEP 5
READY TO BE MATCHED



STEP 6
MEET YOUR
BIG!

GIVE YOUR CHILD THE GIFT OF A MENTOR


BIG MEMORIES WITH LITTLES EVERYDAY
Give a Child the Gift of a Mentor

BBBS offers children facing adversity a
long-term developmental relationship with a caring adult. Bigs serve as friends, mentors and role models, helping youth gain greater self-confidence.

GETTING A BIG IS FUN!

Give your child the gift of a mentor —
and a new friend.

When people think of mentoring, they think of Big Brothers Big Sisters. That’s because for more than 100 years we’ve worked to develop a youth mentoring program that works. Our experienced approach to recruiting, screening, matching and supporting our mentoring relationships has resulted in thousands of lasting relationships, and helped change the lives of young people across the country.

Our Impact.

Kids matched with a Big Brother or 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. 1

Your child's safety is very important to us.
Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts a thorough background check on every volunteer and every match is regularly reviewed by a professional Match Support Specialist.

1 Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures

Read more about our programs »

Parents are our Partners.
Parents and guardians are an integral part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters match at every step of the process. Not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you’ll also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister.

Once the match is made, parents remain closely involved in several key ways, including:

    • Approving match activities and supporting your child’s involvement
    • Asking your child questions about the match meetings, and reporting any concerns to the agency staff
    • Regularly reporting back to the agency about your child’s progress and milestones in the match relationship – Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact you regularly, but we welcome your feedback at any time
    • Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff,  and communicating with your child about the training he or she receives.

Looking for more information? Review answers to commonly asked questions in our FAQS.

We’ll work closely with you; your input is important. Not only do you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once the match is made, parents remain closely involved in several key ways.

Ready to sign up a child?  Click here for Youth Application


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...



SITE BASED
MENTORING PROGRAM

Bigs 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.  FIND OUT MORE...


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