Special Programs

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

Something for Everyone

Latino Mentoring

The Latino Mentoring Program is designed to encourage, engage
and sustain greater numbers of Latino children, and recruit
volunteers and families to join in.

Latino Mentoring provides Latino children with a caring Big Brother,
Big Sister or Big Couple that can enrich their lives culturally, socially
and academically, and support them reaching their potential
through one-to-one mentoring friendships.

For specific questions about the Latino Mentoring Program, please
contact Olga Navedo at 402.905.3340 or onavedo@bbbsomaha.org.

Foster Care

Youth in foster care are among our nation’s most vulnerable young people. Because of the disruption in their lives and the loss of
support networks, foster care youth need many things, but perhaps most important, foster care youth need caring, supportive
adults to guide and nurture them.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands provides foster care youth with a stable, positive adult friend who is a consistent presence
in their lives and a source of support.

A mentor who supports a foster care youth is:
• An adult friend who is able to share life experiences
• A positive role model
• A connection to other clinical and support services
• A source of happiness

Important Fact: 79% of our Foster Care Bigs and Littles stay together a year or longer.

Program Contacts:
Samantha Maxfield
Foster Care Enrollment & Match Coordinator
Email: smaxfield@bbbsomaha.org
Phone: 402-330-6695

Katie Hayes
Foster Care Support Coordinator
Email: khayes@bbbsomaha.org
Phone: 402.905.3332

Bigs In Blue

Bigs in Blue is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police 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 in Blue 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.

For questions about the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program, please contact Lindsey Williams at 402.905.3337 or

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.