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 18, with role models in one-to-one relationships.
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!
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:
Community-based Mentoring matches one carefully screened adult volunteer with one local child in need. Our matches meet two to four times a month, engage in fun activities together and build lasting friendships that foster improved self esteem, academic achievement and a more hopeful future.
Site-based Mentoring utilizes existing centers of youth activities to offer onsite, mentoring services to children in the community. Our program at Pickleweed Community Center matches adults with kids under staff supervision.
For more information about all of our programs, contact Karen Bluestone, Executive Director at email@example.com or 415-453-3800.
So many ways to get started
Looking to get involved? Whether you’re interested in donating, volunteering or enrolling your child, Big Brothers Big Sisters offers several types of programs in communities across the country.
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