Could your Child use a Mentor?

Everyone could use someone extra special in their life

Get a Big for your Little

It all starts with the right role models and Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. For over 100 years, due in large part to private donations, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of young people in our community one Little at a time. You’ll feel the impact as much as your child. ​ A study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:

  • are more confident
  • are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol
  • do better in school
  • get along better with their family and friends
  • feel better about themselves

Eligibility... who we serve

Big Brothers and Sisters provide caring and consistent friendships to more than 150 children a year who need extra someone. They do this with the support and guidance of our highly trained staff.

Big Brothers and Sisters serve as mentors to boys and girls who can benefit from a friendship with a caring adult role model. Children in the BBBS program:

  • Live in the Great Falls area
  • Are between the ages of 5-18
  • Want to spend time with a Big Brother or Big Sister
  • Agree to a minimum of a one-year time commitment
  • BBBS will continue to support matches until the “Little” turns 18 and graduates high school

Families as Partners

When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. So it should come as no surprise that we need the parents and guardians of Littles to be involved every step of the way, starting with the initial match. 
Not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you’ll also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once the match is made, you remain closely involved in many ways, including:
  • Approving activities and outings for your child and their Big
  • Asking your child questions about those outings, and sharing what you learn with the agency staff
  • Reporting your child’s progress and milestones to the agency on a regular basis (Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact you, but we welcome your feedback any time)
Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, and communicating with your child about the training he or she receives.
 

Child Safety

Making the best possible match between a Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. Before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential Bigs. Big Brothers Big Sisters National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes:
  • Completion of a formal written application
  • Background and reference checks
  • An in-person interview
  • An orientation and training process that outlines the individualized needs of your child and provides information and resources on how to encourage your child's development
Big Brothers Big Sisters also provides child safety tips to you and your child, and we welcome your questions and feedback. Throughout the life of the match, our professional staff will be in ongoing communication with you, your child, and your child's Big. It’s the best way to build a strong relationship that will have the greatest impact on your child.