A 'Little' is a child in our program between the ages of 5-18. Our Littles come from a wide variety of backgrounds, neighborhoods and schools. Research shows and we strongly agree that ALL youth can benefit from a safe and strong friendship with a caring adult.Community-Based Little Application Site-Based Little Application
The following are our eligibility requirements:
We ask that parents commit to a partnership with the mentor to ensure the best relationship possible. We ask for an 12-month commitment from our Bigs, and we ask the same of parents. Our staff will also check in with the Bigs, Littles, and their parents once per month for the first year of the match (and quarterly after that) to ensure its success, so we ask parents to commit to this communication.
There are several reasons your child may be on our waitlist after either inquiring to be a 'Little' or after they have been enrolled. We receive a greater number of potential Big Sister inquiries than Big Brother inquiries, and so Little Brothers may wait a bit longer to be interviewed or matched. We may not have a Big ready to be matched within proximity to where you are located or with the same interests. We do appreciate your patience. Please know that we are doing everything we can to find the right mentor for your child.
Once a Big and a Little are matched, they are assigned a Match Support Specialist who will oversee and monitor the match for its duration. Our staff checks in with each 'Big', 'Little' and their parent/guardian once a month for the first year of the match, then quarterly after that. Our staff is always available as a resource to guide and assist with any issues or difficulties, and to ensure that all parties are benefiting from the relationship.