Our agency serves families throughout Park & Sweet Grass Counties our Livingston Area community-based programs. 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.
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:
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.
After School Mentoring: Adults and high school students are invited to be mentors to children in grades K-5 once a week for an hour. Half of the time is spent doing homework or reading; the remaining time is focused on friendship-building.
Class Act: Class Act is a mentoring for credit program in which BBBS matches elementary students at East Side School with Park High students. These matches meet in the elementary classroom four times per week for an hour, and the mentors receive one hour a week of in-class child development and mentoring instruction.
Lunch Buddies: Pairs adults and Park High mentors with students at East Side Elementary and Sleeping Giant Middle School to meet twice a week over the lunch break. The focus is on friendship and a fun activity.