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Whether you’re interested in donating, volunteering, or enrolling your child, Big Brothers Big Sisters offers several program models in communities nationwide
Bigs and Littles Meet
Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single-parent homes, growing up in poverty, and coping with parental incarceration. Our national slogan is “StartSomething.” Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved, is possible because of donations from generous individuals and volunteers willing to make a difference in a child’s life. Because of this, we can offer a wide variety of programs that pair children, ages 6 through 18, with role models that are 18 or older for one-to-one and group-based relationships.
Many relationships between Bigs and Littles fall under our Community-Based programs. Community-Based encourages one-to-one mentor outings and activities, doing things they enjoy together, such as:
- Taking a walk in the park
- Going to museum
- Listening to music
- Attending school event
Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together in the evenings. Each match is unique and develops a prenatal-approved schedule that works for them.
Role models make an impact on the lives of Littles. National and local studies show that children with role models are likelier to improve in school and their relationships with family and friends and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs or commit crimes.
Site-Based Mentoring Program
Whether you’re interested in donating, volunteering, or enrolling your child, Big Brothers Big Sisters offers several program models in communities nationwide.
Bridge the Gap Group-Based Program
Bridge the Gap is a group-based mentoring program that offers life skills in a group setting for the wait list and matched youth of our program. These children participate in group-based Bridge the Gap sessions conducted by BBBSMS staff and community partners. The partners are local businesses and nonprofits offering wrap-around services, networking opportunities, and instructional experiences that broaden the horizons of the Little. These experiences include guest speakers, community tours, and networking with community leaders to help the mentees (Littles) achieve their goals. We encourage their exploration of what’s possible for their life. And we provide valuable information and skills to promote positive development and help them advance. Sessions meet for thirteen weeks several times per year.