Changing Lives for the Better, Forever
Looking to get involved? Whether you’re interested in donating, volunteering or enrolling your child, Big Brothers Big Sisters offers several types of programs in communities across the country.
Big Meets Little
Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration in central Arizona. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big (a volunteer and mentor) and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved with them, is possible because of donations from people like you. It's also why we're able to offer such a wide variety of programs that pair children, ages 6 to 18, with role models in one-to-one relationships.
How a Big becomes a Big—and a Little, a Little.
Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through an extensive background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, fruitful friendships. It’s also important to note that the entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can’t do what we do best without them!
What’s a Big and Little to do?
Each match is unique. Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy. For example:
Getting ice cream
Going to a museum
Providing advice and inspiration
For more information about all of our programs, contact Susan Wiltfong, VP of Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-393-4116.
Having a mom or dad in prison can make growing up difficult. Children with an incarcerated parent often need additional support and guidance. Big Brothers Big Sisters Stars program helps broaden their perspectives on what they can achieve in life. The Stars program connects these children with role models from all walks of life, to provide a consistent, positive role model to help children develop into responsible young men and women.
NATIVE AMERICAN MENTORING
The Future Inspired Native American Leaders Mentoring Program is a partnership with Phoenix Indian Center. Native American High School youth are matched with adult volunteers and have additional opportunities to participate in cultural and college/career readiness activities together! Site-based programs at Emerson Elementary School and at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Sacaton match high school students with elementary school students in one-to-one mentoring relationships and they participate, along with other matches, in educational, cultural and social activities that help them build a stronger relationship with each other and with their community.
Big Futures is a natural progression from the Community Based Program that provides enhanced support and training to eligible matches that are focused on the students’ graduation from high school and progression into independent and productive citizens. Youth may enter the program beginning in 9th grade. BF matches will participate in a variety of activities in the three pillars of success which include Career, Academic and Life.
Career Milestones: professional opportunities, career preparedness, and military.
Academic Milestones: academic awareness and resource information.
Life Milestones: financial fitness, well-being and volunteer opportunities.
What the program offers matches annually (outside of other general agency events):
- Six College Tours/Visits
- Eight Workshops that focus on-
- Resume writing
- Leadership skills
- College/Career/Military presentations
- College Preparation/Scholarship Information
- Financial Literacy
- Six Fun Match Activities
- Fun and engaging activities for high school-aged matches
- Four Volunteer Opportunities
- Group volunteering that allow Littles to build life skills and give back
- Two Special Events
- A graduation event for all youth graduating from high school
- A family night for the match and youth’s family to have fun together
- What the program asks of the matches:
- Attend an orientation upon completing 8th grade
- Complete a Success Plan at the beginning of each school year
- Attend at least one Big Futures event (per semester)