Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas
- Children & Youth
- Education & Literacy
Location91 W Colt SquareFayetteville, AR 72703 United States
Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. Locally we offer two programs - Community-based and Site-based - both of which are summarized below.
We currently serve children and volunteers in Washington and Benton Counties. The "Littles" as we call them, are between the ages of 6 and 14 when they enroll. Our minimum commitment to be matched with a Little is one year beginning at the time you are matched with the child. This time frame includes summer months. You and your Little will share activities you both enjoy, on your own schedule; everyday activities that cost little to no money, such as bike riding, playing board games, baking cookies, walking or hiking or going to a local ball game. To build a solid friendship, you and your Little will meet two to four times a month, for at least four hours a month. All activities must be approved by the Little's parent/guardian before they take place. You have the option of being a Big Couple or Big Family with this program. A Big Couple is a married couple or couple who has been living together for at least 7 years who volunteer together with one Little. A Big Family is the same thing except the children of the Big Couple are also involved in the relationship with the Little. All matches are required to speak with an assigned Match Support Manager on a monthly basis. Match Support Managers are here to help Bigs and Littles build positive relationships, work on any issues that might occur, and provide any information and activity ideas as needed. We have a current need for Big Brother and Big Sister applicants in this program.
If you would like to volunteer for our Site-based program, we currently have partnerships with several schools in Fayetteville, AR (Owl Creek School, Washington Elementary and Leverett Elementary). In our Site-based programs, you will be expected to meet with your Little at the site during the same time every week for one hour. Attending extracurricular activities that your Little may be involved in is not permitted. You do not meet with your Little during the summer months, but will have the option of being Pen Pals during that time. Our minimum commitment to be matched with a Little in the Site-based program is three school semesters. With these programs, you can build and share friendship with a child within a structured setting. Your activities may include whatever interests you both, from hanging out and shooting hoops to reviewing homework in the library. We have a current need for both Big Brothers and Big Sisters in this program.
Volunteers need to be 18 years old or older and have a high school diploma or GED. They need to have time to meet with their Little 2-4 times per month for at least one year. Volunteers need to be able and willing to establish a healthy mentoring relationship with a child and to communicate effectively with agency, parent and child.