Why Should I Become a Big?
Being a Big Brother, Big Sister, or Big Couple is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering him or her to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.
There's a fit for you!
We know you’re busy. Cool thing is, there’s more than one way to be a mentor. We’ve got three, in fact. And they’re all designed so you can get involved in the way that works best for you. We’ll never leave you on your own. Our staff are trained social services professionals, here to help whenever you need it. You’ll be well-equipped with loads of information, advice, tips, and answers. And we’ve also got activity ideas, organized events, and a handy list of discounts available to our Matches.
Matches meet on a weekly basis on evenings and/ or weekends at the convenience of both parties. Volunteers coordinate match times and activities directly with the parent. Weekly meetings are usually an hour or so but will vary based on time availability and match activities.
Matches get to know each other and develop their friendships through various activities they enjoy such as taking a walk, attending sporting events, visiting the library or partaking in a favorite hobby, etc. The possibilities are limitless and flexible.
For this program option, you must have a driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and auto insurance.
Mentors visit a school near their home or work and are paired with a student on a one-to-one basis. These weekly meetings occur during the school year and usually meet over the lunch hour or after school. During the summer months, matches continue to keep in touch via phone calls or letters.
Mentors may also participate in a site based matched through their workplace. Rather than meet at a school, children leave the walls of their classroom to spend time with their mentors in the workplace.
The BBBS Workplace Mentoring program is a slightly-different take on our traditional school-based program. Instead of meeting in a school, our Littles leave the walls of their classroom to spend time with in the Bigs’ workplace. Still engaged in a one-to-one relationship, workplace mentoring matches find enjoyment having meaningful conversations about school, work, careers and life in a unique and inspiring setting. We currently operate three workplace mentoring programs at U.S. Venture, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and 4Imprint and are always looking for the next corporation or business to partner with!
For more information about how to enroll your workplace as a workplace mentoring site, check out the general guidelines below and/or give us a call at 920-739-3542.
Guidelines for the workplace:
Need a minimum of 8 approved Bigs
Need location for matches to meet together in same room
Commitment from leadership to support employees participating (not penalizing them for participating—making them take personal leave, etc.)
Financial support of $500-$1000 per semester to cover costs directly associated with transportation of Littles, food for matches, activity supplies, etc.
Program typically starts October through May (full school year), every other week around the 3:30/4pm time frame for one hour
Enrollment for Bigs ideally starts April/May as enrollment process can take 2-3 months depending on scheduling and background reports
Guidelines for Bigs:
Commit to the full school year
Commit to seeing Little at school if needing to miss one of the workplace meetings
Complete our enrollment process (application, interview, background check, references)