(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – It all starts with the right role model.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with a compassionate, dedicated role model. For more than 100 years, due in large part to private donations, BBBS has been able to recruit, screen, match, and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country.
Safety from the Start
Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential Bigs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes:
- Completion of a formal written application
- Background and reference checks
- An in-person interview
- 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 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. It’s the best way to build a strong relationship that will have the greatest impact on your child’s future success.
Officials explain parents know what’s best for their children. So, they are a major part of setting up the mentoring program and process.
When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. So, it officials explain it should come as no surprise that parents and guardians of littles are involved every step of the way, starting with the initial match.
Parents are called on to provide information about their child’s strengths and needs as well as approving the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once the match is made, parents 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.
“My son has lost his father and can really use someone who is a positive male role model,” explained a parent. “I’m glad we can hopefully find someone who can help him and who he can talk to.”
Parents feel the impact as much as the child.
A study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that 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*
“I really want a Big Brother who I can go hunting with and play sports with,” explained one Waiting Little. “If he likes Fortnite that would be awesome!”
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.