So many ways to get started
Community-based mentoring is our traditional program, and the most flexible. One adult and one child, carefully screened and matched, plan activities together several times a month on their own schedules. We don't tell them what to do or when, we just ask that they do it together. While throwing a ball, reading a book, or just picking up the laundry, Bigs and Littles develop a special relationship with lasting impact.
Community-based mentoring can happen wherever the adult and child are. We have hundreds of matches in every county - and hundreds of boys on our waiting list. We need male volunteers for these children. Right now girls who want a Big Sister can be matched quickly. We also have a Big Couple option (husband/wife, father/son, etc.) where you and another older family member can mentor a child.
Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.
Role models make an impact
National and local studies show that children who have role models are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs or commit crimes. In fact, the success of children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters was proven in a nationwide randomized study.