Professionally Supported Mentoring Programs

Our award-winning staff works directly with each and every match we make to ensure better-forever results.

Our Volunteers

Children who have caring, consistent adults in their lives thrive, but many youth in our community don't get that opportunity. Our professionally screened Bigs commit to be there for a Little by simply showing up and being a good friend.

Our standards require each volunteer complete an extensive screening process that includes:

Written application
Background and reference checks
In-person interview
Orientation and training process 

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. After we accept Bigs, we find the Littles that would benefit the most from being matched with them (based on location, need, time spent on the waiting list, personality, scheduling, preferences, etc).

Community Based

Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Big Couples spend three to four outings per month with their Little for at least one year. We stress low-cost-no-cost activities such as:

  • Throwing a ball
  • Playing video games
  • Hanging out
  • Mini-golfing
  • [The Bigs and Littles hobby here]
  • [Yes, it really is that simple]

Lunch Buddies

If you have a flexible lunch schedule, Lunch Buddies might be the program for you! You’ll meet your Lunch Buddy at his or her school during their 30-minute lunch break to play games and chow down in the library. 

  • 16 Springfield Elementary schools
  • 30 minutes once a week
  • one full-year of commitment

Our Littles and Families

We serve the children who need us the most, including those living in single-parent homes, growing up in poverty, and coping with parental incarceration. There is no standard reason for becoming a Little. Our professional staff interviews and assesses each child on a case-by-case basis.

Parents and guardians are not just part of the process, they’re part of the success.

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.