Frequently Asked Questions
We're here to help you every step of the way.
Our Bigs come from diverse backgrounds just like our Littles. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills. You just have to want to positively impact a young person. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit.
Our process helps Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Big, the Little and the parent/guardian get to know each other and know what to expect. Our staff considers personalities, age preferences, backgrounds, and location, but the final decision is always yours.
Youth and parent/guardians hear about Big Brothers Big Sisters from a teacher, a counselor, their church, a friend who has a Big, commercials, etc. All youth and parent/guardians choose to be part of the program.
The youth come from a variety of home environments, socio-economic levels, ethnic backgrounds, neighborhoods, and schools across our community. They are all unique but they all have a need for another positive adult role model in their life.
As a Big/Little team, you decide together what you want to do and then your Little gets approval from his or her parent/guardian. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and get together on a regular basis. Your Match Support Specialist will provide more guidance on this. The outings will also depend on the comfort level of your Little’s parents, your Little, and you.
The quality of the time you invest with your Little is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is to help your Little see the world through a different lens so you can inspire your Little to reach their full potential. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. Play a game together or share that pizza that you were going to have for lunch anyway. Our agency offers donor-supported group activities that are a great way to meet other matches. As a Big, you may also receive notices for free tickets to cultural activities, sports activities, and community events for you both to enjoy.
Ask your Little what they like to do and find common interests. You can go to the library, check out a book and read together. Buy a comic book to read together. Play a board game. Go on a nature walk. Hit a bucket of golf balls at the local driving range. Take a ride in the car with the radio on and talk about the music you like. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. For children, playing can be learning. Most important: keep it simple and enjoy yourselves!
In the beginning it’s most important for you and your Little to get to know each other. This should happen best on a one-to-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for your Little to get to know the people who are important to you. Just keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others, your Little may begin to feel jealous or neglected. The focus is the friendship you develop with your Little.
Once you are matched with your Little, a Match Support Specialist from the agency will be in regular contact with you to aid and give feedback. Any time you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you will have a Match Support Specialist there to help. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.
No, Littles have a parent or guardian in their life already. What they need is a Big to spend quality, one-on-one time with them. Someone to have fun with, someone they can confide in, someone like you!