Getting Out and About
Volunteers are carefully matched with a child between the ages of 7 and 14 to form a mentoring relationship. Spending one-on-one time in the local community is primarily how these relationships develop. Each match is unique and creates a schedule that works for them. During outings, Bigs and Littles do everyday activities that provide children with the opportunity to discover a world of possibilities for their life.
The Littles in our program are ordinary kids who just need someone who can provide stability and friendship. We strive to match these youth with Bigs who can enrich their lives culturally, socially and academically. Our professionally trained Match Support Specialists support the Big, Little, and family throughout the life of the match. They check in on a regular basis, answer any questions, and provide ideas for outings and tickets to events. In addition, annually our agency organizes large-scale events for all matches to participate in for free!
- Bigs and Littles agree to meet 2 to 4 times a month for a minimum of one year.
- Outings could include having dinner at an ethnic restaurant, going on a college tour, playing basketball, or visiting a museum.
- Professionally trained staff provide support during the entire duration of the match.
Spending a little time just twice a month can make a Big impact!Littles in our program are:
4 Steps to Becoming a Big
The first step is to complete the online inquiry form so we can send you the appropriate application.
Complete Orientation and Interview
This is where you can share your preferences about the type of Little you think will be the best fit.
Our professionally trained staff will assess your file and suggest a Little for you - taking your preferences into account.
Meet your Little
Once you agree to be matched, you will meet your Match Support Specialist at the Little’s home to get to know the Little and parent/guardian, review rules, goals and plans for your first few outings!
Frequently Asked Questions
Help a child reach their full potential!
To learn more about becoming a Big in our Community Based Program, please contact our Customer Relations Specialist Erin Towle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-207-5643.