Why is BBBS right for my child?
As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving your child the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future. Our one- to-one mentorship matches help Littles see better grades, better social skills, and more confidence.
Safety from the start.
Your child's safety is extremely important to us. Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts a thorough background check on every volunteer in our program, and every relationship is closely monitored and supported by a professionally trained match coordinator. We support our Bigs with all sorts of resources and regularly check in with our matches. We’ve designed everything we do to create healthy opportunities for your child’s learning and growth.
Every child is unique, and we’ve designed our programs to effectively serve your child’s individual needs. We currently have three ways to get your Little involved with a mentor.
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.
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.
We're here for you, too!
It’s important to us that you’re involved and totally comfortable with your Little’s match. You know your child best, so you’ll have to help us understand their strengths and needs. You’ll approve the Big we match with your Little. And you’ll be involved throughout the match, approving outings & activities and reporting progress. You’ll help us help your child, so we can provide appropriate match support.
We’re currently accepting new applications for Littles ages 6 through 13, who live in the following counties:
Calumet, Outagamie, Waupaca and Winnebago.