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Enroll a Child 2017-11-13T17:46:28+00:00

COULD YOUR LITTLE ONE USE A BIG?

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.

ENROLL YOUR CHILD

Kids matched with a Big:

  • Are more confident
  • Get along better with their family and friends
  • Feel better about themselves
52% less likely to skip school
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
27% less likely to begin using alcohol

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.

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 the process through the following key ways:
  • 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

SAFETY FIRST

The safety and well-being of the children we serve is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. We strive to achieve the highest quality possible in matching a child to a caring volunteer Big, and in providing ongoing professional support services to our children, parents and volunteers. Big Brothers Big Sisters also provides child safety tips to you and your child, and we welcome your questions and feedback.

Throughout the life of the match, our professional staff will be in ongoing communication with you, your child, and your child’s Big. Our staff and your child’s Big, with your support, are committed to the healthy growth and development of your child.

BBBS National Standards of Excellence requires the following steps to be taken by each volunteer:
  • A thorough screening process that includes:
  • Completion of a formal written application
  • A criminal history record check
  • At least two references
  • An in-person interview
  • An assessment of their home environment (for community-based mentoring)
  • A professional assessment of their appropriateness to volunteer with a child
  • 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 healthy development

NOT A PARENT OR GUARDIAN?
ENROLL A CHILD YOU KNOW HERE.

By giving a child the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.

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