How It Works

It all starts with the right role models. And Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. For over 55 years locally, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match, and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people within our community. The program requires a minimum one-year commitment from Big, Little and the Little’s caregiver.

Matches in 2018

Matches meet two to four times per month, on days and times convenient to both Big and Little. Our program focuses on the individual needs of each child to help them thrive. While we serve up to the age of 18, children ages 7 to 15 are referred to be matched within our program by parents, guardians, counselors, social workers, teachers and family friends.

Volunteers Interviewed in 2018

After both the parent or guardian and the child are interviewed by our staff, each child is paired with a carefully screened adult mentor through a comprehensive matching process based on personal interests, life experiences, and location. Mentors are provided with training, support and ongoing advice from the BBBS team to help nurture a healthy, lasting relationship. The mentor serves as a positive role model and will provides a source of stability in building trust with each child we serve.

Children waiting to be matched in 2019

“My son is less angry and has changed his perspective on men since having a Big Brother.” Marilyn, mother of Jay’sson, 11

“My Big has taught me that loving yourself is the true key to being happy. She really teaches me how to enjoy life to the fullest. My favorite thing about my Big is that I can talk to her about anything.” Little Sister Alivia, 14

EMPOWERING POTENTIAL

When you support Big Brothers Big Sisters, you change lives for children in our community.