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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 Rhode Island, you can give your time and change a life.
Amava Take: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island (“BBBSRI”) is focused on developing positive relationships between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 15. BBBSRI has simple goals—to develop caring, confident, and competent children who stay in school, off drugs, and out of trouble, by matching them with the caring, consistent, safe role models they need. Mentoring has a huge impact: 82% of Rhode Island Littles showed improved self-confidence 79.8% were better able to express their feelings, 66.3% developed better decision-making skills and 63.1% improved their academic performance. This could be Big!
Questions and Answers
What kinds of activities do 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 too. Even if you start on Zoom, you can make a difference. If you need ideas, BBBSRI provides a preplanned activity per month that you and your Little may participate in if you like.
What’s the application and training process like?
Big Brothers Big Sisters National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes formal written application, background and reference checks and an interview. An orientation and training process that outlines the individualized needs of your Little and provides information and resources on how to encourage your Little’s development.
What is the time commitment?
BBBSRI asks Bigs to meet with their Littles about 4-6 hours a month. This can be done weekly or every other week. An average Big/Little pair meets 3-4 hours every other week.
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.
Can I do this with my spouse?
Couples can also choose to mentor a child together. Being in a Big Couple match means you will be paired with a deserving boy between the ages of 7 and 15.
Any other ways to get involved?
Yes! You like virtual bowling you say? Here’s your chance to bowl for BBBSRI! September 25-27th!
Special Requirements: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Rhode Island come from diverse backgrounds. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills, but participants must be 19 years or older and open to diversity.
Setting it Up: Due to COVID-19 new, virtual interviews will begin late summer/early fall 2020. To get started, take the pledge (a simple acknowledgment that you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor) and get ready for a life-changing experience. A BBBSRI Team Member will reach out to you to schedule an appointment to answer the initial questions you have about becoming a mentor.