Littles who stay connected to a Big show these improved outcomes.
70% of Little Brothers & Sisters have an improved positive sense of the future.
83% of Little Brothers & Sisters have improved self-confidence
78% of Little Brothers & Sisters have improved ability to express feelings.
74% of Little Brothers & Sisters have an improved attitude toward school.
Know a Little Who Could Use a Big?
It all starts with the right role models. And Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick is the place to start a relationship with one. Thanks to corporate and private donations, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match, and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of hundreds of young people in our community.
Families as Partners
As a parent or care giver, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving them the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future.
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 feedback with the agency staff
- Reporting your child’s progress and milestones to the agency regularly
- Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and communicating with your child about the training they receive.
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
We also provide child safety tips and training to you and your child, and we welcome your questions and feedback. Throughout the match, our professional staff will supervise the match partnership 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 significance on your child’s future success.
To Become a Little, a Child Must Be:
- Six 6 to 16 years of age at the time of intake
- A resident of Brunswick, Harpswell, or Sagadahoc County
- Available to participate in activities with their Big regularly (3-4 times a month)
- Able to make a minimum one-year commitment once they are matched
- Living in a single-parent family or need more adult support
- Able to form a friendship with an adult and like the idea of having a Big Brother or Sister
- Able, along with their parent/guardian, to communicate regularly by telephone with Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and the child’s Big Brother or Big Sister.
Steps to Enroll a Child
1. Complete the Child Application Packet (see right). (Mentoring relationships are only successful when the child wants to be matched with a Big.)
2. Schedule an interview with BBBS staff to review the application and discuss the Little's needs and interests.
3. Set up a time for staff to meet the Little. Our goal is to get to know the child well enough to make the best match.
4. When we think we have a volunteer who would be a good fit with the Little*, we will call you to share information about the potential volunteer to see if you think he/she is a good fit. If you and the Little agree that the potential volunteer sounds suitable, we will set up a match meeting to introduce everyone. At this point, the match relationship begins!
Once a match is made, Big Brothers Big Sisters' high-quality Standards of Practice require monthly contact with all parties involved in the match. These monthly check-ins ensure that the Big and Little are getting along well together, ensure child safety, and provide support for the relationship. This monthly contact is an important and required part of program participation. Our agency will always work for the best interests of the child.
3 Easy Ways to Enroll
*Please note: Once the application process is complete, the Little will be placed on our waiting list for a Big Brother or Sister. Please understand that the wait for a suitable match can be lengthy, as our ability to match children depends entirely on volunteers approaching our agency to get involved.
Your location and preferences regarding a potential Big may influence your child’s waiting time. BBBS staff remains in contact with families during the wait and may request updated information from time to time.