Many relationships between Bigs and Littles are part of our Community-based programs. Community-based mentoring relationships involve one-on-one outings and activities, doing things the Big and Little enjoy together, like:
Taking a walk in the park
Going to museum
Going to an event hosted by the local BBBS affiliate
Listening to music
Hanging out and talking
Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles on weekday evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.
Role models make an impact
Studies show that children who have role models are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs, or commit crimes.
Community Based Program Requirements
(1) Ages 6 - 16
(2) Child and parent interview with agency staff
(3) Maintain contact with Big and Match Support on monthly basis
(1) At least 18 years of age
(2) Attend orientation, submit application, complete pre-match training, interview with agency staff and be willing to complete several background checks including driving checks
(3) Maintain contact with child/family and Match Support on monthly basis
Please note that this program has the longest wait time - children who enroll can wait up to 2 years or more to be matched.