Children come from all walks of life. For many, that walk includes adversity and difficult circumstances that no child should have to face alone. That's where Big Brothers Big Sisters steps in to lend a hand.
For more than 100 years, we've been able to support mentoring relationships that have positively changed the lives of over 125,000 young people.
As a parent or guardian, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. We simply pair your child with another awesome adult to protect and unleash it. Life is difficult, we all experience ups and downs, and we know - the more people in your corner the better. We'd love the chance to provide your child with another positive role model to help set them on a path to success.
The age requirement to enroll a child is ages 7-13.
You’ll feel the impact as much as your child
A study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a mentor:
- 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
Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential Bigs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes:
- Completion of a formal written application
- Background and reference checks
- An in-person interview
- An orientation and training process that outlines the individualized needs of your child and provides information and resources on how to encourage your child’s development
Big Brothers Big Sisters also provides child safety tips to you and your child, and we welcome your questions and feedback. Before your child is matched with a Big, you will have final approval. Throughout the life of the match, our professional staff will be in ongoing communication with you, your child, and your child’s Big. It’s the best way to build a strong relationship that will have the greatest impact on your child’s future success.