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OPTIONS FOR MENTORS
Big Brothers Big Sisters operates in almost 370 communities across the United States – large and small, urban and rural. Our local agencies work with their colleagues across the nation to design and develop programs that are tailored to the needs of their community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with individual donors, foundations, corporations, governments, and others to build the critical network of support that funds and enables the work of carefully matching children with caring adult mentors and providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor and child’s family.
Professionally trained Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members work with our partners in the education and juvenile justice communities to find children facing adversity and assess how our programs can have the greatest impact. Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration.
HOW A BIG BECOMES A BIG—AND A LITTLE, A LITTLE.
Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they submit to a background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, impactful friendships. The entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can’t do what we do best without them!
WHAT ARE A BIG AND LITTLE TO DO?
Each match is unique. Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy. For example:
- Playing catch
- Reading books
- Going to a museum
- Providing advice and inspiration
Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. Each match develops a schedule that works for them.
Couples/ Family Match
“How can my significant other and I Start Something?”
Couples or entire families are matched with one child. Each member goes through the interview and clearance process and can be involved with the child individually or as a whole group. Most couples and families are matched with Little Brothers
It may sound obvious, but sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at school. Kids enjoy having their Bigs meet with them there, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground. And parents know what a positive impact it makes.
Some of the biggest supporters of our School-Based Mentoring program are actually teachers. They see students come back from their time with their Big filled with confidence, smiling big, ready to learn and eager to succeed.
LEARNING ABOUT LIFE.
Although it takes place at schools, our School-Based Mentoring program isn’t limited to the classroom. Of course, some Littles do talk with their Bigs about class, or do homework, or read together, but it’s perfectly fine to shoot hoops in the gym or play on the playground. At the end of the day, it’s really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring them to reach their potential.
Successful partnerships with businesses, foundations, and organizations are fundamental to supporting children. They provide for children in need and contribute to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all.
Partners and sponsors can support us through:
- philanthropic gifts that drive growth
- employee-centric volunteer or donor partnerships
- high-impact cause-related marketing relationships
Corporate alliances unite your company’s charitable giving with Big Brothers Big Sisters, protecting and providing a better future for America’s children. Learn more>
Community Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters provide the opportunity for employees or members of your organization to volunteer in the community. Our volunteer programs also build teamwork and employee engagement. Learn more>
Foundations and corporations provide grants that enable tremendous organization-wide growth in the number of children served.
Advocacy partners understand the importance of helping children and support our services in communities across the country.
Government partners support our mission with necessary grants and fundamental initiatives. Learn more>
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