Become a Big

Ignite the potential in a child. 

We’re always looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve their community at the same time. And, right now is no different. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are in high demand. Become a Defender of Potential!

Our agency serves hundreds of children in our area in three types of programs:

1.Community: One-to-One Matches between adult volunteers and children in the communities in which they live.

2.Site-based Elementary Schools: We offer Afterschool programs in New Haven and Bridgeport where high school students are matched to elementary school students and meet once a week.

3.Site-based Colleges and Universities: These matches meet during the school year on participating campuses and match college students with Littles in the community.

You can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply changing their perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing their lives. And sometimes it’s as simple as playing video games, going to a museum, or just hanging out together.

Why do we need Big Brothers?

More than 70% of our children waiting for a Big are boys, but only 3 out of every 10 inquiries to volunteer come from men. Research shows that having the positive influence of a Big Brother makes a real difference in a boy's life. So join the hundreds of thousands of volunteers that give a young person someone to look up to. And learn why so many are now saying, “I get back so much more than I give.”

Parents seek our support, knowing a Big Brother can recognize their son's potential and model positive choices that put him on the path for success in and out of school.

Learn more about being a Big by reading Real Life Stories

Why do we need Big Sisters?

Doing good is a beautiful thing. As a Big Sister, you can give a girl an opportunity to see beyond her everyday world and dream big. It’s good for your Little, as well as your community. And it can start with simply letting her enjoy the things you already love to do, but can grow into something bigger.

For just a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply changing their perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing their lives. Play a board game. Make fun crafts. Hit the playground together. Just as your options are unlimited, so is your Little’s potential.

Learn more about being a Big by reading Real Life Stories 

How do I Become a Big in your Community Program? 

Please read the Prospective Big Fact Sheet that follows this page to learn more about the qualifications and responsibilities of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Call our toll free number (800) 240-7186 for more information, or use the online inquiry form that appears at the bottom of our Contact page.

How do I or my school get involved with your
Site-Based Programs?

Please contact our office and speak to our Director of Site-Based Programs. Call our toll free number (800) 240-7186 for more information, or use the online inquiry form that appears at the bottom of our Contact page.