Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida seeks caring adults to serve as mentors to young children facing adversity in their lives. There are currently more than 200 children on our local waiting list - mostly boys! Just a few hours each month can make a huge difference in the life of a child. As a Big Brother or Big Sister volunteer you will be matched with a child between the ages of 6 and 13 who needs a caring adult role model and friend. In our community-based mentoring program, volunteers spend 1:1 time with their matched youth, known as "Littles," in the community. Activities might include going to a sporting event, working on an arts and crafts project, or completing a community service activity. Volunteers must be 17 years or older, be willing to spend time with a child at a minimum 2 times per month and submit to a screening process (interview, fingerprinting, references, driving checks). Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit program founded on the premise that children need responsible, responsive adults in their formative years in order to reach their full potential. We provide one-to-one mentoring to children primarily from single parent families who are in need of an adult role model. Volunteers bring positive new cultural, social and educational experiences to the lives of children in the program. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is for all children to achieve success in life.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida
1149 Creighton Road, Suite 1, Pensacola, FL 32504, US
Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters match caring adults with children for one hour each week in school. They read together, play board games or just talk. Children benefit; adults feel like a kid again.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides opportunities for volunteers of all ages to be friends to children who need extra time and attention to succeed in school and with family and peers. Typically, an hour each week talking about what is on the child's mind, reading the newspaper together or puzzling over a class assignment, has a positive impact on the child's attitude about school and academic achievement, while putting a little fun and extra meaning into the volunteer's day and week. Volunteers enroll through Big Brothers Big Sisters and following an interview, references and a background check, are oriented to their local school and introduced to a little brother or little sister by BBBS staff. Regular support is available to assure that the relationship builds over time, and any logistical problems are resolved. Teachers report children with Bigs have an improved attitude about school, better relationships with peer and adults, and improved academic performance.