What if every child knew success was an option? At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we match at-risk children with caring adult mentors to ensure a strong future for everyone in our community. Are you ready to change the life of a child for the better forever? Start something big. Volunteer today!
Volunteer mentors are matched with low-income, at-risk children to share community or school-based activities on a weekly basis. A one-year commitment is required. Research shows these one-to-one mentoring relationships lower risky behaviors and change both mentor and mentee lives for the better.
Would you recommend Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada?
I've been matched with my 13 year old Little Sister for nearly 3 years. Her single mom works extremely hard (2 jobs) to meet their needs, which means my Little Sister is often home alone in the apartment. So I pick her up from home or school to spend time with her. We've done so many fun things together like going to art museums and performances, sporting events, outings to Tahoe and cooking dinner at my house. She's become part of my family! It's amazing the changes I've seen in her since we met. Her interests and her confidence are growing every day. She wants to be a pediatrician and I wholeheartedly believe she is capable of acheiving this dream!
The professional staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters are experts at making and coaching long lasting matches. I feel greatly supported and appreciated as a volunteer. This is an amazing organization!
This is such a wonderful program. My experience as a big lasted over four years. The little boy, who is now a young man, became part of our family through the shared experiences we had together. My primary objective was to provide a consistent and positive outlet for him and to expose him to events (sports, culture, leadership, civic, etc)and activities that he may not have had the opportunity otherwise. The magic was that he had a positive affect on me as well. Seeing these experiences through his eyes and senses was a wonderful reminder of how we need to take less things for granted, or perhaps take things less seriously and change our approach in how we prioritize. The ways in which our lives were impacted will never be adequately measured. To be truthful, this isn't the purpose. The purpose is to be a non-threatening outlet for a child in need of a friend. You can make it as simple or as involved as you want to. The child just appreciates the attention. I highly recommend it.
This weekend I’ll be attending the high school graduation of my first Little Sister. We were matched when she was 12 until she was 14 and have spoken intermittently since then. Imagine my delight when she contacted me four years after our match to invite me to her graduation. She told me she’d never forgotten me and the influence I had in her life. What a wonderful gift to me! It reinforced exactly what BBBS is all about and made me feel that I’d done a good job.
I’ve now been matched with my second Little Sister, Coree, for four years. I could never have imagined what a fun and wonderful relationship it would grow into. She constantly makes me laugh – I never know what’s going to come out of her mouth. Her eyes express volumes. She’s grown in confidence and poise, and is turning into a lovely young lady right before my eyes. I can’t imagine my life without her. She says we'll be sisters forever and that makes my heart soar.
Little moments, big magic. These four words mean much more than they appear on paper. My little is not so little anymore. He aged out of the program at age 20. We were together for 4 yrs. I believe some of the wisdom I have shared with him will help prepare him for what will confront him in the yrs. ahead of him. His world was very limited and together we explored things that he may have never experienced if not for BBBS. The period from boy to man is so critical in today's world. One wrong decision can destroy their future. They need the guidance and friendship to help them make the right decisions. Without a father figure in their life, as a big, you hopefully fill that void. My little knows that even though he has aged out of the program, he will always have someone to go to when he needs advice or just a friend to talk to. Everyone is busy today, but take a small amount of time out of your life each week and find out for yourself how the little moments make such big magic.
My husband and I have been matched with our little brother for 8 years. This has been an amazing and very positive experience for all 3 of us. BB/BS is a valuable organization that makes a huge impact on the children in our community. I would highly recommend anyone willing to share their time and caring attention to a child to sign up today!!!
Seeing the positive changes in a child is so rewarding, and knowing that the changes came about because of me is even more powerful! Being a Big Sister means so much to me. I get just as much out of our match as my Little does. I wouldn't trade it for anything!
My daughter has had a big for several years now. They are a great pair and have alot of fun together. My daughter has recently gotten involved in there Teens against tabacco program. She and her big share a special relationship, that as allow my child to grow.
What is better than spending a Sunday afternoon at the Reno Ace's baseball field? I'll tell you. . .It's spending Sunday afternoon at the Reno Ace's baseball field with a teenager who has never seen a baseball game. Yesterday afternoon my Little Sister and I did just that. My Little is almost 14 and had never seen a real baseball game. We had a blast walking around the park, people watching, cheering, talking and just enjoying the warm weather. Big Brothers Big Sisters has changed the life of my Little, but of me as well. Being able to experience firsts with a child is such a great experience.
I have been matched with my Little Sister for 6 months; it's amazing to think of all the fun things we have shared together already. I love being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Contributing to brighter futures is the best choice I've made!
I have been matched with my Little Sister for 4 years in the school based program. We meet for lunch weekly at school and enjoy drawing while talking about school, friends, and family. During this period I have watched her confidence,self esteem and grades improve. She loves to read and help others. The best part of this program is what she has taught me about life and what is really important.
Big Brothers Big Sisters gives kids the opportunity and support to make the right choices to be a successful adult, which every child should have. I have been matched with my Little Brother for 4 years now, and it has been a wonderful experience to watch him grow as a person. We do fun things like playing sports, swimming, baking, and helping out in our community. He has become more outgoing and makes sure to shake hands when he meets someone new. He has improved his school behavior, which used to be a challenge for him. We have both benefitted so much from our involvement in Big Brothers Big Sisters!
Big Brothers Big Sisters is making a profound difference in the lives of children in northern Nevada. I've been matched with my Little Sister for 4 years and have felt very supported by the staff. They have helped me build a strong friendship with my Little Sister. Recently my Little Sister told me about how some of her friends are making poor decisions that are getting them in trouble. She and I talked about ways she can continue to make good grades, good choices and go to college. I'm so proud of her and enjoy the time we spend together. My life is richer because of her. Thank you Big Brothers Big Sisters!
I have personally seen the huge impact a mentor can make in a child's life. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada matched me to a "little" who could be my double. We enjoy doing simple and artistc things together and I have seen her grow into a smart and ethical young lady. Being a mentor does not take alot of time and does not cost anything, but the rewards are priceless. Changing one child's life is the greatest gift we can give and it needs to begin with me.
This is a great organization that serves kids in Reno/Sparks and the surrounding areas. You can really see the impact the program has on these kids lives. My little brother is a teen who has neither parent in his life and he's finding it hard to relate to his grandma (a widow in her 70's) who has 3 grandkids in her care. My little brother is trying so hard to make the right choices and find his way through the maze of confusion that we've all experienced at that age. He tells me that without me in his life, he'd probably be like so many other kids his age (in his situation) and give in to peer pressure of drugs, alcohol and dropping out. He has his hurdles and all, but he's determined to finish high school and go on to community college... whatever it takes. Seeing how determined he is, and knowing his personal challenges, I feel very proud to be a part of his life, and I wouldn't be if it weren't for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada.
My children were enrolled in this program -- they had mostly good experiences with their Bigs -- the politics of the situation and how they deal with parents is entirely another matter and writes off the children that they are supposed to serve.
The consideration should be for the children first and foremost, however at this particular location it is not for the children.
I am a "difficult" parent -- I am very vocal and I do not sugar coat what I feel -- this is not viewed well by this office and has ruined my children's chances of being involved with a great program.
Basically because I won't tow the "party" line and shut up my kids do not get to participate in a program to benefit them -- so in this office it is not about the children it is about their comfort level with the parents involved.