Give your child the gift of a mentor - and a new friend.

When people think of mentoring, they think of Big Brothers Big Sisters. That's because for more than 100 years we've worked to develop a youth mentoring program that works. Our experienced approach to recruiting, screening, matching and supporting our mentoring relationships has resulted in thousands of lasting relationships, and helped change the lives of young people across the country.

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  • Our Impact
  • Parents Are Our Partners
  • Your child's safety

Kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister

Are more confident
Are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol
Do better in school
Get along better with their family and friends
Feel better about themselves.

We'll work closely with you; your input is important. Not only do you provide information about your child's strengths and needs, but you approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once the match is made, parents remain closely involved in several key ways.

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.

Your child's safety is very important to us

Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts a thorough background check on every volunteer and every match is regularly reviewed by a professional Match Support Specialist.

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Child Safety

The safety and well-being of the children we serve is Big Brothers Big Sisters' highest priority. We strive to achieve the highest quality possible in matching a child to a caring volunteer Big, and in providing ongoing professional support services to our children, parents and volunteers.

To help ensure child safety, Big Brothers Big Sisters National Standards of Excellence require that specific steps be taken. Each volunteer must complete a thorough screening process that includes:

  • Completion of a formal written application
  • A criminal history record check
  • At least three references
  • An in-person interview
  • An assessment of their home environment (for community-based mentoring)
  • A professional assessment of their appropriateness to volunteer with a child
  • 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 healthy development

Big Brothers Big Sisters 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. Our staff and your child's Big, with your support, are committed to the healthy growth and development of your child.

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