To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
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 in the community. Volunteers in our school-based program mentor children whose teachers have referred them for individualized one-on-one concentrated time. 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 in our Community based program see the child for several hours a few times a month out in the community participating in activities that both enjoy. Volunteers enroll through Big Brothers Big Sisters and following reference checks, a multilayered background check, and an interview, are oriented to the program and introduced to a little brother or little sister by BBBS staff. Regular support is provided to assure that the relationship builds over time, and any logistical problems are resolved. Teachers and parents report that children with Bigs have an improved attitude about school, better relationships with peer and adults, and improved academic performance. We ask that Bigs commit to at least 1 year of spending time with their Little.
I think that this gives children a chance to know that no matter what goes on in life you always have a friend. Someone to talk too or just have fun with. I have always wanted to do this but never knew how to go about it. I want to be able to show someone the things I didnt see when I was growing up. I got into a lot of trouble in school and such but i always felt alone no mattter who was around. I just want to make a change at least to one person.