We serve youth ages 7 - 18 years who are living in single-parent homes or with extended family, are in out of home placement, or have a parent incarcerated. The majority of youth we serve also live in low income households. We enroll youth between the ages of 7 - 14 years who are eligible to remain in the program until they graduate from high school or reach 18 years of age.
The Big Couple program is perfect for any married couple, but particularly for the younger married couples or the "empty nesters" with grown children.Both must be 19 years of age or older. Both must be a high school graduate or hold a GED.Both must have lived in the area for at least 1 year and be able to make a minimum 12 month commitment to the relationship. Both must have a valid driver's license & current automobile insurance. Neither may have been convicted of a felony, child abuse or neglect. Both must not have received a DUI in the last 3 years or more than one in a lifetime.
Meet 2 - 4 times per month for a minimum of 12 months. The minimum number of hours contact per month is four.
All match meetings take place outside of the child's home in the community.
Matches determine their own meeting times and chosen activities while adhering to the required number of monthly match meetings. Meeting times are scheduled in consultation with the mentor, mentee and parent/guardian. Big Brothers Big Sisters organizes fun free or low-cost monthly activities for matches to participate in. The activities range from athletic events to concerts, laser tag, picnics, hay rack rides, bowling, skating and much more.
Our Community-Based program provides an option for busy couples to mentor a child by simply including a child in the life you are already living. It's an opportunity to become involved without taking time away from your family because they are included in the match! As a Big Couple through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, you and your spouse can both become Bigs to a child (Little) in our program. Each married couple is matched in a two-to-one relationship with a Little Brother. You can all do things together and/or you can each share time with the Little individually. The match participates in activities throughout the community, and they continue to receive the professional support and guidance of our staff. This is a great way to spend time together while also changing the life of a child. The Little benefits from adding two new caring people into his life, seeing firsthand how two adults interact in a healthy, loving relationship.Why is mentoring a great experience? It keeps you thinking young and allows you be a kid again. It’s time away from adult worries and stress and focuses on fun. According to Sherri a Big Sister, “It’s the little things. Putting a smile on someone’s face, that’s just the best. Investing in kids today pays dividends later on. These are our future leaders.” When you invest in a child, you do something great for your community, and also yourself. At the end of the day, you know you have done something important with your free time and had fun at the same time.