What does it mean to be a Big?
First and foremost, you are a friend!
We strive to team you up with a young person with similar interests so you can build a trusting and enduring friendship. As a Big Brother or Big Sister, you get to be a kid again for a few hours a month AND give a child the invaluable gift of friendship. Do you like to shoot hoops, bake cookies, play video games or just hang out? We know a kid who would love to join you.
Bigs and Littles do all kinds of activities together, many of which you may already be doing in your own life, but the most important thing is to Be There! By being a positive role model you can have a significant impact in a Little’s life and open their world up to new possibilities. To be a successful Big, you must commit to a minimum of one year and spend between 4-6 hours, 2-3 times per month with your Little. But trust us, when you are paired with our Little Brothers and Little Sisters, this time commitment will seem easy...you’ll enjoy it and as they become part of your lives you’ll start thinking about what you two are going to do next, even if it is next year!
“I got in it for him and stayed in it for myself…”
– St. Louis Police Officer
You’re joining a team of caring adults and you’ll have a network of support.
When you volunteer as a Big, you are joining a 4:1+1sm team made up of caring and important adults in a young person’s life. You’ll have the support of the Little’s parent and teacher and, of course, our professional program staff. Once you meet your Little you will have a Relationship Specialist who will help you and your Little learn and grow together in friendship! They will be in regular contact with you and all members of the 4:1+1sm team and even monitor a 24 hour hotline in case of emergency. Our Relationship Specialists are there to help you solve ANY problem or concern. Our promise to our Littles is that we, the adults, will Be Theresm for them and that means we will Be Theresm for you too.
Do you still have questions?
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