Could your little one use a Big?
Throughout the length of your child’s match, we will work closely with you. Your input guides us in making the best match for your child. Not only do you provide information about your child’s interests and needs, but you also approve the selection of your child’s Big Brother or Big Sister. Once the match is made, parents/guardians remain closely involved in several key ways, including approving match outings and providing important input about the Big/Little relationship.
We understand you wouldn’t trust your child with just anyone. That’s why you’ll be glad to know that every Big Brother and Big Sister has had a thorough background check and that every match is regularly reviewed by a professional Case Manager.
Children between the ages of 7–16 are eligible for enrollment in our program. Please note that our enrollment criteria has changed.
To qualify for our program, a child must:
- Want a mentor.
- Come from a low-income family. (Defined as HUD A&B.)
If a child does not come from a low-income family, then he/she must meet TWO (2) of the following criteria:
- Be system-involved. (Defined Foster Care or Juvenile Justice System.)
- Have an incarcerated parent. (Defined as parent or guardian or someone the youth lived with such as an older sibling, not intended for extended relatives. This includes city or county jail or state or federal prison.)
- Come from a non-two parent home. (Defined as single parent, grandparent(s), foster care, kinship care, group home, etc.)
- Be struggling in school. (Defined as failing in one or more classes, history of suspension(s) or disciplinary action for behavior, or absent from school more than 6 days in 6 months.)
Our program has a tremendous impact on the children we serve. Independent research shows that, compared to their non-mentored peers, Little Brothers and Little Sisters:
- Are more confident;
- Are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol;
- Stay in school and get better grades;
- Get along better with their family and friends;
- Feel better about themselves;
- Are less likely to use violence to solve problems; and
- Are less likely to get involved with juvenile authorities.
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If you have any questions, please contact us at 206.763.9060 or email us.