What does it mean to be a BIG?
See below for some general FAQ’s to know before considering being a BIG.
Get a feel for what to expect, view several Real Stories Here.
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How will I be matched with a child?
It begins with an enrollment and interview process. We need to get to know you—your likes, dislikes, your personality, background, where you live and work. This helps us get a feel for you and figure out what situation and what child would best suit you. This also gives you the chance to know us and our program. The final decision to join BBBS is yours.
How do children come into the program?
Children and their parents or guardians may hear about BBBS from a teacher, a counselor, their church, another parent, a friend, commercials, etc. All children and their parents choose to be in our program and we strive to reach the children who will benefit from a positive role model in their life.
Who are the Bigs in the program?
Our Bigs come from diverse backgrounds just like our Littles. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or special skills. You just have to want to have a positive impact on a young person in need. What you have or haven’t accomplished isn’t an issue. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit!
When can I see my Little?
Our Bigs and Littles decide together what they want to do and get parent approval. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and that you see each other on a regular basis.
How much money should I spend?
We don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is friendship. You should focus your time on getting to know each other. We encourage you to seek out free or low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. Shoot hoops at local park, play a game together, or share that pizza that you were going to have for lunch anyway.
What kind of support can I expect from BBBS once I get matched?
Once you are matched with your Little, a Match Support Specialist from the agency will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Anytime you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you will have a Match Support Specialist there to help. You’ll receive ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.