Be a friend. Be a mentor. Be a Big!

Our volunteers serve as friends, mentors and role models, helping youth gain greater self-confidence.

For just a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a child the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply changing his or her perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing his or her life. And sometimes it’s as simple as playing video games, going to a museum, or just hanging out together.

Volunteering is Fun, Big Time!

Being a Big Brother, Big Sister or Big Couple is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands offers a program that is flexible and fulfilling at the same time. Our one-to-one mentoring model asks for parents, children and volunteers to make at least a 12 month commitment to develop a life-changing mentor friendship. Each month we ask our Bigs and Littles to spend a minimum of 4 hours a month together. So let’s look at the break down:
  • 12 months x 4 hours = 48 hours
  • In the span of one full year we are asking for what equates to two days of quality time to change the life of a child for the better, forever.
Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big today. There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?


How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?

Matching

When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.

Relationship Management

Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.

Activities

When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.

Screening and Training

Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.

Requirements - Our Littles Deserve the Best

Eligibility Requirements to be a Big

  • Big must be 19 years or older
  • Big must be a high school graduate or hold a GED
  • Big must be able to make a minimum 12-month commitment, meeting 2-4 times per month for a minimum of four hours per month
  • Big must have a valid driver's license and current automobile insurance
  • Big must meet specific criminal history and automobile driving guidelines