When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. Today's youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential.
Our service area is Northeast Indiana and Southern Michigan.
The counties we serve in Indiana are: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells & Whitley. For Michigan we serve Branch & Hillsdale Counties.
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.
Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.
When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.
Screening and Training
Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.
Howdy Partners! It’s about time to kick off our annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake FUNdraising season! Bowl for Kids’ Sake is about having fun to help kids continue on a positive path. We’re on a mission to raise $250,000 to make and support 250 new matches in 2018! You can help by forming a bowling team of 5 with your friends, family, and co-workers. This year, we have dates and times in 6 different counties: Adams, Allen, Huntington, DeKalb, Kosciusko, and Noble! So head on over to our registration page, email email@example.com, or call is at 260-456-1600 to start your team today!