It all starts with the right role models and Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a friendship with one. For over 50
years, due in large part to private donations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands has been able to recruit, screen, match, and
support mentoring friendships that have changed the lives of thousands of young people throughout the Omaha/Council
Bluffs metro area.
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
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.
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.
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.
Children enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands program for 12 months or longer showed the following outcomes:
Child Enrollment Process
1) The parent/guardian calls or inquires online about the program and an in-home interview is scheduled with an Enrollment and Match Coordinator.
2) The Enrollment and Match Coordinator goes to the child's home and completes an interview with the child and parent/guardian to assess the child's personality, interests and needs.
3) Any school or counseling reports are faxed to the appropriate party so the agency gets plenty of information on the child's behaviors and needs from outside parties. This also helps determine if a child is eligible for our program.
4) Once all the paperwork is completed, we match the child with the best possible volunteer, based upon parent/guardian preferences, child and volunteer interests, personalities, etc.