Steps to become a big
Community-Based mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring model. Caring adult mentors (Bigs) are matched with children between the ages of 6 and 16 (Littles) who are often facing adversity. Once a match has been made, Bigs and Littles spend time together out in the community doing activities that they both enjoy. It can be riding bikes, visits to museums, playing board games, simply hanging out, or whatever they decide together. It can be weekends, evenings or after school. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.
In Site-Based mentoring, Bigs and Littles meet weekly at a consistent time and place throughout the school year. At the match site, which is typically the Little’s school or Boys and Girls Club, they spend time together doing activities. Matches can play games, work on crafts, do shared projects or homework — anything they can do together at their site. The Littles in our Site-Based Mentoring program are elementary and middle-school students from several area schools. During the summer, matches have the opportunity to utilize other ways of connecting such as writing letters/sending card, talking on the phone, Zoom, etc.