Community One-to-One is the traditional program and the foundation of all Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. Children and youth are paired with caring adults according to common interests and compatible personalities. We make quality matches so that the mentoring relationships are mutually rewarding. Volunteers mentor children to enhance and further develop the child's primary strengths. This model allows children to develop other assets at their own pace as their confidence grows.
One advantage of Community One-to-One is its flexibility because Bigs and their Littles, along with the support from the parent/guardian, plan what, when, and where they get together. We ask that all our volunteers commit to mentoring a child for a minimum of one year, although many relationships end up lasting a lifetime! During that time, you will be expected to plan two match activities a month with your Little.
These activities can be based on common interests and the desire for new experiences. You can see a movie, make pizza, go to the museum, or whatever else might be a fun way to spend time together! Behind the scenes, there is a Match Support Specialist guiding you along the way and helping Littles and their families’ access additional community services.
Role models make an impact
National and local studies show that children who have role models are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs or commit crimes. In fact, the success of children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters programming was proven in a nationwide randomized study.