a big impact on your child starts with you

By enrolling your child with Big Brothers Big Sisters, you give them a chance to see their unlimited potential and develop into even more responsible, successful, well-rounded individuals.

 

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Guardian-Youth Inquiry Form 

(Formulario para inscripción para jovenes)

BBBS Information (Información de BBBS)

Community Based Mentoring: Each volunteer (Big) is matched with one child (Little) between the ages of 7 and 14. On a schedule that works for the child and the Big, they get to spend quality time with each other sharing local culture, exploring new educational opportunities, developing new skills and hobbies.  

 

Community Based Littles are… 

  • At least 7 years old  
  • On outings 2-4 times per month, on your own schedule, for one year 
  • Picked up and drop off by their their Big from the their home via their own vehicle, rideshare, or public transit

 

Site Based Mentoring: Each volunteer (Big) is matched with one child (Little) from a partner school or community organization. Bigs and Littles meet at a designated site with other matches. Each program is led by a professional BBBS staff member and includes time for relationship building, a structured group activity and free time to share stories and interests together. 

 

Site Based Littles are… 

  • At least 8 years old  
  • At scheduled sessions 2-4 times per month for 1-1.5 hours, for a minimum of one year 
Referral Information

Please select…
Community Based Mentoring
Site Based Mentoring
I’d like more information on both programsEstoy enteresado en:

Parent/Guardian Information  (Información de padre/guardián)

Nombre de padre/guardián

Apellido de padre/guardián

Please select…
Mother
Father
Step-Mother
Step-Father
GrandMother
GrandFather
Aunt
Uncle
Relative: Other
Foster Parent
Teacher
Counselor
Clergy
Probation Officer
Non-Relative: Other
Self-Emancipated Minor
Social Worker-Case MgrLa relación de padre/guardián con el joven

Teléfono celular

Correo electrónico personal

Please select…
Phone (Teléfono)
Email (Correo eletrónico)Prefiero que contacten por

Please select…
English (Inglés)
Spanish (Español)
Other (Otro)Preferencia de lenguaje
Youth Information (Información de joven)

Primer Nombre

Apellido

Fecha de nacimiento (xx/xx/xxxx)

escuela

Please select…
2020
2021
2022
2023
2024
2025
2026
2027
2028
2029
2030
2031
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2035
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2037
2038
2039
2040
2041
2042
2043
2044
2045
2046
2047
2048
2049
2050Año de graduación de escuela secundario

Home Address (Dirección)

Dirección

Ciudad

Please select…
IL
IN
WIEstado

Código

Clicking ‘Submit’ below indicates
that you are interested in enrolling your child(ren) into one of our mentoring programs. Please be aware that this is
not an application. You will be required to submit a full application at a later time. 

(Hacer clic en ‘Enviar’ abajo indica que esta interesado en inscribir el joven/los jovenes en nuestros programas. Por favor, adviso que eso no es una aplicación. Se le pedirá que envia una aplicación completa más adelante.)

 

As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving them the opportunity to be a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future.


Child Safety

Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. Big Brothers Big Sisters 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. It’s the best way to build a safe and strong relationship that will have the greatest impact on your child’s future success. Before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential Bigs. BBBSMC has rigorous standards and requires each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes:

  • Completion of a formal written application
  • Background and reference checks
  • An in-person interview and professional assessment of the volunteer’s suitability to work with a child
  • 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
  • Assessment of the Volunteer’s home environment for Community Based matches
  • Professional matching recommendation

Families as Partners

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

Our Littles are:

Enrollment Process

  1. Tell us about your Child First, you’ll complete our online child intake form so we can learn about your child.
  2. Complete Orientation & Interview We’ll complete an orientation and detailed interview with both you and your child. This is where you can share preferences about the type of Big you think will be the best fit.
  3. Get Matched After the interview our professionally trained staff will assess your child and suggest a Big, taking your preferences into account.
  4. Meet your Big Once you agree to the match, your Match Support Specialist and the Big will come to your home (or meet with you online) where you will meet the Big, review rules, goals and plans for the first few outings.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

How old are the Littles in the program?
The Community Based program generally matches youth between 7 and 14 years old. Once matched, youth can remain in the program until 18 years old. Site Based offers some programs for high school students in addition to elementary schools students.
What is the minimum time commitment to be a Little?
Littles and their parent/guardian must be willing to commit to being matched with a Big at least one year and meet with their Big two to four times per month.
Is there a cost for the program?
No. This is a free program for families. In the Site Based program BBBS covers all expenses. In the Community Based program the Bigs are responsible for the cost of the outings.
When would my child meet their Big?
In the Community-Based Program it’s up to your family’s and the Big’s schedule, but most matches meet on the weekends. Bigs and Littles in the Site-Based Program generally meet after school or in the evenings.
Does BBBSMC accept LGBTQ youth?
Yes! For more information click here.
How do you match a Big with a Little?
We conduct in-depth interviews with the Bigs, Littles, and parents/guardians enrolling in our program so we can get to know all parties and can make the best match! We make matches based on common interests, personalities, preferences, and geography.
What kind of background checks do you do?
All volunteers and employees are subject to background checks that include obtaining references from people who know them well. Also we conduct a National Criminal Background Check (recurs twice a month), Federal Background Check, DCFS Child Abuse/Neglect, Public Domain Search, Motor Vehicle Check, and fingerprinting. In addition, in our Community Based program, anyone who lives in the Big’s home who is over the age of 18 must complete a background check.
What kinds of things do Bigs and Littles do together?
In the Community Based program Bigs and Littles do normal, everyday activities that ultimately build friendships and change lives! Going out for ice cream, going to a baseball game, cooking a meal, visiting a museum – the Big and Little can decide what they want to do together! In the Site Based program fun and engaging activities are led by the Program Coordinator.
What outcome areas will the Big focus on with my child?
In both the Community Based and Site Based programs, Bigs and Littles set goals around three outcome areas: Educational Achievement (improving attitudes about school, improving grades, addressing truancy, discussing career aspirations, etc), Avoidance of Risky Behavior (peer pressure, drug and alcohol use, gangs, making healthy choices), and Socio-Emotional Competency (developing healthy peer relationships, self-confidence, etc).