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MENTORING CHANGES LIVES FOR THE BETTER, FOREVER.

NATIONAL RESEARCH SHOWS THAT MENTORING HAS A DIRECT, LONG-LASTING POSITIVE IMPACT ON CHILDREN’S LIVES. COMPARED TO NON-MENTORED PEERS, LITTLE BROTHERS AND LITTLE SISTERS ARE:

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46% Less Likely To Use Illegal Drugs.

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52% Less Likely To Skip School.

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75% More Likely To Receive a College Degree.

A Little About Littles:

  1. 6-14 Years Old

  2. 1 Year Commitment to Program.

  3. $0.00 There Is No Cost To Enroll or Participate In The Program.

  4. The majority of children enrolled in our program come from a single parent household, have a parent who is incarcerated, are being raised by a grandparent, or live in poverty.  We serve children outside of these parameters, but this is our focus. 

Parents Are The Start Of Something Big!

So your child is going to have a Big Brother or Big Sister? Fantastic! Parents and guardians are the first step toward helping your child’s relationship get off to a great start.

  • Share ideas.
    Tell us about your child’s interests and needs so we can make an awesome match.
  • Give a thumb’s up
    Review and approve the Big Brother or Big Sister match that is suggested for your child.
  • Say yes.
    Make your child available for outings and activities with their Big Brother or Sister.
  • Ask questions.
    Show an interest in the things your child does with their Big Brother or Sister.
  • Stay in touch.
    Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact you regularly to check in about your child’s match, and we welcome your feedback anytime.
  • Ready to get rolling?
    Complete this application to start your child on the path to finding a perfect match!
    Or download  this application for Adobe/ PDF format.

Why be a Little?

Because being a LITTLE is a lot of FUN!

Your child will get to experience new and exciting activities in the community- and its FREE of cost!
  • Go to Razorback sporting events.
  • Attend a Walton Arts Center play.
  • Take a pottery class at the Community Creative Center
  • Enjoy the outdoors- walk trails, hike, bike, or go fishing.
Just to name a few!

How Do I Apply?

You can apply one of two ways:

  • For an online application, simply CLICK HERE  and fill out the BBBSNWA form. After you have completed the application please attach to an email and send to enrollment@bbbsnwa.org
  • You can can also download the Child Application, complete the form, and then return it to us via mail or e-mail scan.  Mail the application to :

BBBS NWA
Attn: Child Enrollment
130 E Poplar Suite C
Fayetteville, AR 72703

Or scan and e-mail to enrollment@bbbsnwa.org.

Within a week, our office will contact you about setting up an interview and provide you more information.

Got questions?  Call us at (479) 966-4366.

Your Child’s Safety is Our Top Priority.

We Take Child Safety Very Seriously.

We get it. We’re moms and dads too. We must keep children in our community safe. No exceptions.

That’s why child safety is our top priority at Big Brothers Big Sisters. We have zero tolerance for abuse or exploitation of any kind. We’ve put the most rigorous child protection systems in place—ones that were designed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Nonprofit Risk Management Center—all organizations that share our deep, unwavering commitment to keeping kids safe.

Our staff and volunteers at Big Brothers and Sisters all undergo thorough screening and background checks. We have zero tolerance for any child harm or exploitation. Our child safety systems are the strongest in the industry, and we’re constantly reviewing and updating them as new best practices emerge. Our safety commitment is simple: we do everything possible to keep your child safe.

Frequently Asked Questions:

They’re teachers and electricians, accountants and empty nesters, musicians and millennials—different adults from different backgrounds who care about helping kids reach their fullest potential. All of our Big’s live and work in the Northwest Arkansas area. Big Brothers and Sisters come from a wide variety of backgrounds and communities, making it possible to match Bigs with Littles who share common interests and live near one another.

Before being accepted as a Big Brother or Sister, all volunteers complete an extensive screening process that includes a background check, in-person interview, multiple reference checks, specialized training and much more.

Just as every Big and Little are unique, there’s no “one size fits all” answer to this question. Sometimes it takes just a few weeks to find the right Big for your Little, and sometimes it’s longer.  We want to give every Big and Little match the best chance of success, so where you live, your child’s specific interests and how those align with Bigs-in-waiting are all part of finding the right match.

Research shows that one year is roughly the minimum amount of time it takes to see kids with mentors start to flourish.  That said…we hope this match lasts longer than one year. During that first year, your child can expect to see their Big Brother or Big Sister two to four times each month for a variety of activities and outings. Some of the activities are arranged by Big Brothers Big Sisters, and some will be just between your child and their Big Brother or Big Sister.To build a solid friendship, Bigs and Littles will need see each other two to four times a month, for at least four hours a month.  All activities must be approved by the parent/guardian before they take place.