Become a Little
Enroll a Little Sister/Little Brother
As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving him or her the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting your child down a path to an even brighter, more promising future.
Families as partners
When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. So it should come as no surprise that we need the parents and guardians of Littles to be involved every step of the way, starting with the initial match.
Not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you’ll also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once the match is made, you will remain closely involved in many ways, including:
- Approving activities and outings for your child and his or her Big
- Asking your child questions about those outings and sharing what you learn with agency staff
- Reporting your child’s progress and milestones to the agency on a regular basis (Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact you, but we always welcome your feedback.)
- Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and communicating with your child about the training he or she receives
Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential Bigs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes:
- Completion of a formal written application
- Background and reference checks
- An in-person interview
- An orientation and training process that outlines the individualized needs of your child
Big Brothers Big Sisters also provides child safety tips to you and your child, and we welcome your questions and feedback. Throughout the life of the match, our professional staff will be in ongoing communication with you, your child and your child’s Big. It’s the best way to build a strong relationship that will have the greatest impact on your child’s future success.
It’s a big step for your little one. But we assure you it’s the right one. By enrolling your child with Big Brothers Big Sisters, you give your child a chance to see his or her unlimited potential and to develop into an even more responsible, successful, well-rounded individual.