In Eastern Missouri, too many youth face hardships that threaten to limit their future. Their parents and caregivers are doing the best they can, but often their time and resources are limited by circumstances.
When a young person’s social network is stretched too thin, they may experience:
- depression and anxiety
- poor school performance
- drug and alcohol abuse
- unplanned parenthood
- juvenile detention
- loss of hope for the future
Littles deserve a consistent, enduring relationship. To build that relationship, Bigs commit to a minimum of 12-months, two outings per month, for a minimum total of four (4) hours. Although it’s not required, many Bigs and Littles stay together far past that first year; sometimes a lifetime.
It’s natural to feel a bit intimidated by the word mentor. But a mentor is simply someone who listens, encourages and points out possibilities. Bigs aren’t responsible for solving problems; they’re only responsible for caring about the challenges Littles encounter.
Bigs and Littles hang out and talk, run errands together, go to the park, catch a game or a movie, grab a meal or make one, head to the library... you know: regular stuff kids and teens like to do. Honestly, the what isn’t the point. The point is the who. Could that be you?
Bigs are part of a team of caring and important adults in a young person’s life. You’ll have the support of the Little’s parent and teachers and, of course, our professional program staff, who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Youth are matched in a one-to-one relationship with an adult, usually of the same gender. Big Brothers and Big Sisters serve as a source of hope, encouragement... and fun! For boys growing up with single moms, Big Brothers are especially transformational.
Many people are looking for opportunities to serve their community alongside their spouse or kids. Our Big Couples and Big Families make a lasting difference in their Littles’ lives—and their own lives are changed as a result! Because boys make up the majority of our waiting list, all Big Couples and Big Families are matched with Little Brothers.