In the Community Program, we "match" volunteers (Bigs) with children (Littles.) These matches typically spend time enjoying activities together three times a month. During these outings, they cultivate relationships that support children in developing skills to manage every day challenges and build self confidence.
We serve any child in our service area who wants or needs a positive adult role model. A volunteer Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or Big Family becomes a friend to the child and the relationship is supported by professional staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Through simple friendship, Bigs experience the joy of helping children discover a world of possibilities and opportunities. Hear from Bigs & Littles in our program here.
National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
- more confident in their schoolwork performance
- able to get along better with their families
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school
Volunteers are matched with Littles in a supervised setting in elementary and middle schools, typically once a week during the academic year. Teachers and counselors identify children who can benefit most from interaction with a caring adult. As their friendships evolve, volunteers and children discover ways to make school and learning fun.
Our agency currently has School-Based programs in Livingston, Ennis & Big Sky School Districts.