Here you'll find information covering frequently asked questions about Big Brothers Big Sisters. We want to be as transparent as possible for all volunteers, parents, kids, and donors about who we are and what we do.


This first video runs through some basic definitions that we use frequently.


This first video shows the process of how an individual or couple becomes a Big.


This first video describes how we offer support to our Bigs and Littles.


We offer a variety of programs and know everyone is different. Check out the programs we offer to see what fits best for you.


This first video runs through some basic definitions that we use frequently.


What is a Big?
A "Big" is a mature individual who is interested in being a part of a child’s life at least once a week for a minimum of one year.
What is a Little?
A "Little" is any youth in our programs between the ages of 6 to 22. A Little could be your niece or nephew, the kid next door or a kid at your church – or any other youth. Our Littles come from all different backgrounds and socioeconomic groups.
What is a Match?
A "Match" is the paring of a Big and a Little.
What type of youth will I be matched with?
During the application process, we interview you, the Little, and their parent to learn specifics that will help us make a Match. This includes age, religion, personality, family background, ethnicity, and interests. We strive to follow your preferences closely when selecting Matches. After we exchange information regarding a potential Little, you will have the final say as to whether or not this is the right fit for you.
What support will I receive from BBBS?
Every Match is monitored by a Match Support Specialist. Every month, your Match Support Specialist will contact you, the Little, and their parent to ensure the Match is going well. If you ever have questions, concerns, or need advice, your Match Support Team is only a call away, as is all of our Program Staff who are equipped to help. Additionally, we offer multiple training opportunities and match activities every month.
Who are the Bigs in the program?
Our Bigs are regular people, like you. They come from diverse backgrounds. They’re accountants. Baristas. Construction workers. Lawyers. Anyone who wants to positively impact a young person – no special degree or skills needed. Role models come in all shapes and sizes. You could be a perfect fit.
When can I see my Little?
While this varies by program, in general, you and your Little will decide what you want to do then your Little will get approval from their parent. We recommend getting together on a regular basis. Your Match Support Specialist can also provide case-specific guidance on this topic. Overall, outings depend on the comfort level of you, the Little, and their parents.
How much should I spend on my Little?
The quality of the time you spend with your Little is most important. We don’t encourage spending a lot of money on outings, especially at the beginning. The goal of a Match relationship is to help the Little see the world through a new lens and, in doing so, inspire the Little to embrace their biggest possible future. This doesn’t require spending money. We encourage every Match to seek out low-cost activities. Play a board game together. Share the pizza you were going to have for lunch anyway. Go for a walk at a local park. As an agency, we also offer Match Activities and local tickets to our Matches for free in order to create opportunities for meaningful time together.
What kinds of activities do Bigs do with Littles?
When it comes to outings, there are endless ways to spend time with your Little. We’ve collected an extensive list just for you. Find it here.
Can I bring my spouse, friends, or family members out with my Little?
At the start of the Match, getting to know each other is most important. This happens best with one-to-one time. Over the course of the Match, the Little will also benefit from getting to know the people who are important to you. Keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others on your outing with your Little, you Little may begin to feel neglected or jealous. The main focus of a Match is developing a friendship with your Little.
Are Bigs replacement parents?
Absolutely not. Littles already have a parent or guardian in their life. The role of a Big is to spend quality, one-on-one time with the Little to encourage them and invest in them. Bigs are someone to have fun with, someone to confide in, and someone to stand in their corner – someone like you.