Families as Partners
When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. So it should come as no surprise that we need the parents and guardians of Littles to be involved every step of the way, starting with the initial match.
Not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you’ll also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once the match is made, you remain closely involved in many ways, including:
- Approving activities and outings for your child and their Big
- Asking your child questions about those outings, and sharing what you learn with the agency staff
- Reporting your child’s progress and milestones to the agency on a regular basis (Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact you, but we welcome your feedback any time)
- Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, and communicating with your child about the training he or she receives.
“When mentorship is done right, it doesn’t take a lot to make a kid happy. Children want time and attention. I was lacking time because I have four children…. Big Brothers Big Sisters was able to step in and not only create a future for my son, but also support me as a mother.”
“Enrolling my son in this program gave him the opportunity to explore more of his personality. Even the best parents that try really hard—there is only so much you can do. Sometimes it takes a village, and we’re happy that… Big Brothers Big Sisters are in our village.”
– Angela, parent
“I want to raise boys that will be responsible and good members of their community. It was overwhelming to think about doing that on my own. Having Big Brothers Big Sisters as a resource has been the biggest blessing.”