How does Big Brothers Big Sisters differ from other community programs for children?
BBBSNC provides professionally supported, one-to-one relationships between volunteer mentors and children who are facing challenges. Every Little’s hopes and needs are regularly evaluated to be sure that the child is benefitting from having a Big Brother/Sister. While many community programs provide activities for local children, there is no substitute for individual attention and the special bond that is created between a child and a caring adult role model.
How can having a Big Brother/Sister benefit my child?
Many families notice immediate, and long-term improvements in their child’s behavior, and performance at school. One private study of the Big Brothers Big Sisters model concluded that children who are matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister for at least 18 months: -Are more confident -Are more likely to avoid alcohol and illegal drugs -Do better in school -Have better relationships with parents and other adults
What is the process for matching my child with a Big?
The first step for a child to become a Little Brother/Sister is for the parent/guardian to call the office at 445-4871 and request an application. If the child meets basic eligibility requirements, then BBBSNC staff will interview the child and parent/guardian. Once enrolled, the child will be placed on a waiting list until there is a Big Brother/Sister who is an appropriate match for the child. Once matched, the Big and Little will spend about 8-10 hours together each month.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters are carefully screened volunteers who are committed to giving their time and energy to help a local child. They are fun-loving, patient, and non-judgmental individuals who are matched with children based on similar interests and location. All Bigs have been interviewed and have passed reference checks and a criminal background check. Child safety is always BBBSNC’s top priority.