How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.
Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.
When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.
Screening and Training
Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.
Juvenile Diversion Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters has partnered with the Great Falls Police Department School Resource Officers to be part of their Juvenile Diversion Program. Children in the SRO's Diversion Program have committed misdemeanor offenses and have the opportunity to complete consequences and pay restitution in lieu of being prosecuted through the traditional court process. Children in the Diversion Program also have the option of being matched with an adult mentor for the entire school year. Children will meet with their mentor for one hour a week. Matches in the program are facilitated by BBBS at no charge to the Little as a grant has been awarded to cover the expenses of the program. Anyone interested in applying for this program can find an application HERE