Special Populations

Children come from all walks of life. So, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to making an impact on them.


In 2016 we began making an effort to better serve LGBTQ+ youth and families in our program. As an agency we participated in staff trainings and collaborated with local community partners to ensure we are following best practices and provide proper resources to the youth and families we serve. Since then, we have updated matching policies; shifted from a policy of nondiscrimination to a culture that is affirming and welcoming of all people, including the LGBTQ+ community; and rethinking how we do our day-to-day work to better serve all youth.

We value diversity, and no person will be denied equal opportunity to volunteer because of race, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preferences, fit and similarity of interests are taken into consideration when matching individuals together. As part of the matching process, we will disclose such information to the parent/guardian. If preferences are not aligned, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands will work to find a Little who we believe will be a good match for you.

We will continually work to enhance our community-based mentoring program and agency as a whole to better support our LGBTQ+ Bigs, Littles and their families.

Bigs with Badges

Bigs with Badges is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police, first responders, etc. throughout the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area, building strong, trusting, lasting relationships. These relationships can help children develop into confident adults and help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve. We are pleased to roll out this initiative across our community and are looking for your support. Learn more or give a gift to support Bigs with Badges by selecting one of the options below. Thank you for your support.

Mentoring Children Of Prisoners

This program provides caring adult role models to children coping with parental incarceration. Having a mom or dad in prison can make growing up more difficult. Children with an incarcerated parent often need additional support and guidance. As part of the Community-Based Mentoring program, Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Children of Prisoners program helps broaden children’s perspectives on what they can achieve in life.

According to recent statistics, more than two million children and youth in the United States have at least one parent in a federal or state correctional facility. In addition to experiencing disruption in the relationship with their parent, these young people often struggle with the economic, social, and emotional burdens of the incarceration.

Juvenile Justice

This program provides a caring adult role model to children that have had some contact with the juvenile justice system. Our
professional staff members, supporters, families, and advocates support, encourage and champion the relationships between Bigs
and Littles. Bigs help teach their Littles right from wrong and help them make good decisions.


Abby Lathrop
Chief Program Officer
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Kate Shanmugam
Director of Match Support
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Lindsey Williams
Child Enrollment & Recruitment Specialist
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