We Defend Potential

How much time does it take to be a Big Brother or Big Sister?

That depends…..

We ask Community based Bigs to commit for 12 months, meeting twice a month, for at least 3 but no more than 8 hours each time.  Once a Big is matched with a Little, they will decide together when they will meet and what works best for their relationship and schedules.

Site-Based programs (in elementary schools or college campuses) typically meet only during the school year for an hour a week.

How much money should be spent on a Little?

Big Brothers Big Sisters offers many activities that are free to matched Bigs and Littles.  In addition to these activities, we provide matched Bigs and Littles with many ideas of things to do that are free and focus on spending time together like going to the library or playing catch in a park.  It is the little things that make the biggest impact on these children—time, not money.

What kind of training is provided?

Bigs attend training sessions where they learn our do's and don’ts.  We let them know what we expect from Bigs and what they should expect from us.  A Match Support Specialist is also assigned to the match and will be in contact with the Big and Little throughout the relationship to help give guidance when needed, serve as a resource or sounding board and give suggestions for activities if needed.

How are children referred?

In a number or ways—parents, teachers, outside counselors.  No matter how he or she is referred, all children have to want to be part of the program.

I would like to volunteer with my family or do this because my children benefit and have fun—is that okay?

This program is based on a one-to-one relationship with a child and a mentor.  The exception is a Couples Match where two adults (married, dating, friends) mentor one child together.

How will I be matched?

A Match is made after a careful consideration of your background, values, interests, and preferences and how they are compatible with a specific child.  Once we find a child who we think would work well with you, we begin the matching process.

When you ignite the potential in a child, you are part of the power of every Match.

With 100 years of momentum, we have renewed focus on growth, and a renewed commitment to brining our life-changing program to every child who needs and wants it.

Be part of the power of a match.

The power of the Big Brothers Big Sisters “match” lies in the friendships we facilitate.  A first ballgame, a heart-to-heart talk, or a milk-through-the-noses laugh might not seem earth-shattering, but the power of that moment can be life-altering, and truly part of something Big.

Become a Defender of Potential.

Each of us remembers the adults, other than our parents, who brought a little magic into our lives.  Every single child can benefit from the additional caring and insight a “Big” offers, and the value their shared experience creates.

Every volunteer Big brings something to the table.  A caring adult sharing everyday experiences with a child is the core premise on which we were built and based.  Whether delivered through our community or the site-based programs, each match holds promise.  Each match makes magic.

Be part of the nation’s leading youth mentoring organization.

On city streets or country back roads, our name is synonymous with the one-to-one youth mentoring.  Behind this name are the many professionals who have developed, refined, and now deliver this premier system to recruit and screen candidates.  Our professionals match Littles to Bigs, support these safe relationships with skill and compassion, and pave the way for lifelong friendships that create lifetime memories.

The impact of our program is big: a landmark study confirmed that children are more likely to excel and make better choices in their lives when they have experiences the quiet power of a Big Brothers Big Sisters match.

Little Brothers and Little Sisters are much less likely to skip school and much less likely to start using alcohol and illegal drugs.

Be part of the bigger picture.

Parents and guardians put their trust in us as they place their children in our program.  Teachers bring forward potential Littles.  Principals and educational administrators value our involvement.  Volunteer Bigs give their time and energy and, in doing so, find they get as much back as they give.  Skilled, talented staff creates and supports quality match relationships.  Generous donors support our organization and its expansion.  Partners share our ideals, and believe in our vision.

Our momentum is powered by all these individuals in the bigger picture.  Big Brothers Big Sisters is moving boldly forward, and we invite you to join us, and be part of something Big

Ignite the potential in a child: Become a mentor!