Every Little deserves a Big. A mentor can change the life of a child.
When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult,
they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics.
Today's youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a
Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential.
Know someone who would make a great Big Brother or Big Sister?
At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we’re always looking for more mentors of BBBS of EDC to be mentors. We have boys and girls of all ages ready and waiting to be matched with a role model. So tell your friends to sign up to become Bigs. They can do all the fun things they love to do already, like see movies, play video games, and go hiking, only now they'd get to enjoy it with a child who can truly benefit from it.
More than 70% of our children waiting for a Big are boys. Research shows that having the positive influence of a Big Brother makes a real difference in a boy's life.
You can be that difference
Get involved as a donor.
You can support Big Brothers Big Sisters by making a donation to help fund the careful one-to-one matching and ongoing mentoring support unique to our programs. The gift you make today will help a child facing adversity avoid risky behaviors, perform better in school, improve their interactions with others, and increase their self-confidence.
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.
Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.
When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.
Screening and Training
Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.
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