YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE THE G.O.A.T. TO BE THE G.M.O.A.T.
It’s time for our community’s kids to play, explore, and dream again. Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for mentors, and we’ve got the playbook to make you the GREATEST. MENTOR. OF. ALL. TIME.
We do not need to create potential, we just need to defend it. Kids in our community are waiting for mentors who will stand with them to defend, ignite, and empower their potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters exists to create positive change in our community by matching youth with Bigs to build powerful friendships.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO BE A BIG?
We're here to help you every step of the way. View a full list of commonly asked questions to get the information you need. Still have questions? Contact Amy Essley, Chief Program Officer, at email@example.com or 317-472-3726.
To become a Big, you must be at least 19 years of age and agree to meet with a child 2-4 times a month for 1 year. Click here to view the full list of eligibility requirements.
We ask that Bigs and Littles see each other approximately 2 - 4 times a month.
Once you are matched with your Little, you will be assigned a Mentoring Relationship Specialist. This professional staff member will be present the first time you meet your Little and their parent/guardian. They will be available to provide support throughout the lifetime of your match relationship. Your Mentor Relationship Specialist will be in regular contact with you, providing ideas for activities, guidance and coaching tips, and feedback on how you are making a difference.
Yes! Parent/guardians that enroll their children in the BBBSCI program want the very best for their children. They see the benefits of introducing another caring adult role model in the life of their child. BBBSCI only enrolls youth who want the program, so 100% of the youth enrolled are ready and excited about being matched.
We are very intentional about how we pair our volunteers with the Littles in our program. Each volunteer participates in an enrollment and matching process so that we can better get to know you, your interests, and what you're looking for in a volunteer experience. Click here to read more about the process for becoming a Big.
During your interview, you will be asked a series of questions about yourself and match preferences you might have. This helps guide us as we look for the best fit for you. We do match all Bigs with same gender identifying Littles, ideally within 20 minutes from their home or work. Our Enrollment and Matching team looks at interests, personalities, experiences, goals, and specific preferences each party may have.
A Big Couple is a pair of Bigs who are in a 2+ year romantic relationship that want to be matched together to the same Little. Big Couples do not have to be married. Big Friends are two individuals who have been “friends” for a minimum of 2 years and want to be matched together to the same Little. These options are great opportunities for couples or friends that would prefer a shared experience as opposed to each of them having a Little of their own.
We ask for a minimum commitment of one year for each match we make. Matches can remain active through elementary, middle and high school. Bigs and Littles officially complete our program once the Little graduates from high school. Some of our friendships end up lasting a lifetime!