Social Engagement: High
What’s What: Do you believe that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive? If you’re interested in igniting the potential of young people and you live in the Greater Cincinnati area, you can give your time and change a life.
Amava Take: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati is focused on developing positive relationships between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 18, in Tri-State communities. There are two ways you can be part of a life-changing friendship: through Community-Based Mentoring (a few hours a week experiencing a wide range of activities) or Site-Based Mentoring (once a week at your Little’s school or Boys & Girls Club to play games, help with homework and maybe share a meal). Mentoring has a huge impact: 100% of Littles in Greater Cincinnati are in school, 99% are not involved with the juvenile justice system and 99% are substance-abuse free.
From the Front Lines:
What’s the Mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
What kinds of activities to Bigs and Littles do together?
They play sports, go on hikes, read books and eat pizza. In the midst of all that fun there’s usually some valuable advice and inspiration.
Do the programs really make a measurable difference?
Yes! After participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are more confident in their schoolwork performance, able to get along better with their families, less likely to begin using illegal drugs and alcohol and less likely to skip school.
From the Trenches:
What is the application process like?
It starts by filling out an on-line application. You can then expect a reference and police check and an in-person interview designed to match you with a Little who you’re most likely to have a great relationship with.
When can I see my Little?
You, along with your Little and his or her parent/guardian, decide together what you want to do. A consistent schedule of get togethers works best.
What kind of support can I expect from Big Brothers Big Sisters once I get matched?
Once you are matched with your Little, a Match Support Specialist will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Match Support Specialists help with activity ideas, guidance for handling difficult situations and general feedback.
Special Requirements: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati come from diverse backgrounds. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills, but they do require that you commit your time for one year.
Setting it Up: To get started, fill out an application and get ready for a life-changing experience.