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.
Must be 19 years of age or older Must be a high school graduate or hold a GED Must have lived in the area for at least 1 year and be able to make a minimum 12 month commitment to the relationship Must have a valid driver's license & current automobile insurance Never been convicted of a felony, child abuse or neglect Not 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 Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Big Couples give one-to-one attention to local children who are in need of their friendship and support. For a few hours a couple of times a month, while enjoying simple activities together, these relationships start something life-changing, not only for the child, but for the volunteer as well. Little Brother Shai-Ron, matched for 10 years to his Big Brother says, “It’s amazing that a stranger can come into your life and change your life.” 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.