Could your little one use a Big?
It all starts with the right role models, and Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. For over 100 years, due in large part to private donations, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country — one Little at a time.
You’ll feel the impact as much as your child.
A study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:
- are more confident
- are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol
- do better in school
- get along better with their family and friends
- feel better about themselves
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.
Your child’s safety is extremely important to us. Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts a thorough background check on every volunteer in our program, and every relationship is closely monitored and supported by a professionally trained Match Support Specialist.
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
- Professional Assessment of the Volunteer
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. It’s the best way to build a strong relationship that will have the greatest impact on your child’s future success.
Ready to enroll your child?
1. Fill out the
Youth Enrollment Application
. This form can be submitted to us via email (
), fax (434-244-0885), mail (1102 Carlton Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902), or dropped off at our office. Please be sure to fill it out as completely as possible!
2. Attend a Parent Orientation. Come to learn more about the program and our child safety measures. Parents must attend an orientation before Enrollment Staff will match a child. For evening Orientations, please bring the child you are enrolling, as they will participate in a child safety orientation as well. RSVP by clicking the button below and sending us a message, or by giving us a call at (434) 244-0882.
Our next Parent/Child Orientations are:
- Tuesday, April 25th from 5:30-6:30 at JMRL Downtown (201 East Market St.) 2nd floor, Jefferson/Madison meeting room
- Thursday, May 11th from 6-7 at the BBBS Office (1102 Carlton Ave)
- Friday, May 12th from 12-1 p.m. at the BBBS Office
3. Parent/ Guardian and child complete a separate, in-person interview with BBBS staff. Enrollment will contact you to schedule a time that works for you and your child. Interviews are done at the child’s home.
4. It’s match meeting time! Once you’ve completed the steps above, if your child has been accepted into the program AND we’ve selected a Big that meets your child’s needs and interests, we will call you to schedule a time for everyone to meet!
Children are not excluded on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, gender, marital status of parent, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or disability.