CORE PROGRAMS

HOW A BIG BECOMES A BIG — AND A LITTLE, A LITTLE.

Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through an extensive background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, fruitful friendships.

It’s also important to note that the entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can’t do what we do best without them!

BIG MEETS LITTLE

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. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved with them, is possible because of donations from people like you. It’s also why we’re able to offer such a wide variety of programs that pair children, ages 6 through 14, with role models in one-to-one relationships.

WHAT’S A BIG AND LITTLE TO DO?

Each match is unique. Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy. For example:

  • Playing Catch

    Playing Catch

  • Reading Books

    Reading Books

  • Getting Ice Cream

    Getting Ice Cream

  • Going to a Museum

    Going to a Museum

  • Providing advice and inspiration

    Providing advice and inspiration

OUR IMPACT

Each time Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs a child with a role model, we start something incredible: a one-to-one relationship built on trust and friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential. And thanks to the first-ever nationwide impact study of a mentoring organization, we have the facts to prove it.

  • 78%

    Less likely to begin using illegal drugs.

  • 58%

    Less likely to begin using alcohol.

  • 64%

    Less likely to skip school.

  • 61%

    Less likely to hit someone.

 

According to the study, our one-to-one matches are the driving force behind making an impact on children.

But don’t just think of us as simply matchmakers. We provide ongoing support and supervision to the Big, the Little, and the Little’s family. We offer training and advice to help ensure that the match is working for everyone involved. It is this web of support that helps maximize the likelihood that a Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship will thrive.