ENROLL A CHILD

As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving your child the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future.

It all starts with the right role models. And Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend is the place to start a relationship with one.

For over 50 years, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match, and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of thousands of young people across our community. Making the best possible match between a Little and a Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential volunteer Bigs.

SAFETY FROM THE START

Making the best possible match between a Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential volunteer Bigs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes:

  • Completion of an application
  • An orientation and training process that outlines the individualized needs of your child and provides information and resources on how to encourage your child's development.
  • An in-person interview
  • Fingerprinting and reference checks

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend also provides child safety tips to you and your child, and we welcome your questions and feedback. Throughout the life of the match, our professional staff will be in ongoing communication with you, your child, and your child's Big. It's the best way to build a strong relationship that will have the greatest impact on your child's future success.

PROGRAM OPTIONS

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COMMUNITY-BASED

Mentoring relationships that involve one-to-one outings and activities in the community. Littles get to experience new and exciting things that can change their perspective on life.

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SITE-BASED

Consistent one-to-one mentoring at the child's school for one hour per week during the school year. Not just schoolwork!

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BIGS WITH BADGES

The Bigs with Badges program is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth and those with badges in communities throughout the Big Bend, building strong, trusting, lasting relationships. 

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BIG FUTURES

The Big Futures Program is a career and college readiness initiative designed to equip young people for post-secondary success. 

Click HERE to learn more about the Big Futures program

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SPORTS BUDDIES

Sports Buddies is a fun way to mentor through participating in sports related activities and build community with other matches that love sports.

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HIGH SCHOOL BIGS

The High School Bigs program is for students looking to volunteer and/or obtain service hours required for graduation and/or to meet college entrance requirements.