TWO WAYS FOR BIGS & LITTLES TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER

COMMUNITY-BASED MATCHES

(Meet 2 to 4 times per month)

– Your child and their Big will get out in the community doing low to no-cost activities (like bake cookies, shoot hoops, picnic in the park, Big cheering them on at their band concert, etc.)

– We ask that you and your child commit to a year to build a relationship, with the hope, not a guarantee, that your match will last longer.

– We serve children in Benton and Washington Counties between the ages of 6-16.

– A Little could have a Big Brother or Sister, Big Family, or Big Couple.

SITE-BASED MATCHES

(Meet the same day/time each week at the child’s school)

-Eat lunch, play games, go to the library, receive tutoring, etc.

-We ask that both you and your child commit to a year to build a relationship, with the hope, not a guarantee, that your match will last longer.

-Bigs and Littles only meet at school and not over school breaks like Winter or Summer breaks.

Site-based locations:

Fayetteville – Washington Elementary, Leverett Elementary, & Owl Creek

Siloam Springs– Southside Elementary & Intermediate School

Springdale – J.O. Kelley Middle School-Dream BIG Program

Rogers – Boys and Girls Club (between 3-7PM)

OUR IMPACT

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LESS LIKELY TO BE USING ILLEGAL DRUGS

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LESS LIKELY TO BE USING ALCOHOL

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LESS LIKELY TO SKIP SCHOOL

CHILD SAFETY

Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But 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

– A two hour 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

– 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.

FAQs: All things "Little"

What does it mean to be a Little?

A Little is a child who wants to be mentored by an adult volunteer.

Who can be a Little?

Littles in our program are enrolled between the ages of 6 and 16.  Once enrolled, they can stay in our program until they turn 18 and complete high school. Our Littles have diverse backgrounds and experiences and live in Benton or Washington County.  Our program is voluntary. No child is forced to participate in our program.

How is a Little matched with a Big?

Our staff carefully matches Bigs and Littles on many factors including location, personalities, interests, and preferences.  We want our Bigs and Littles to be compatible and for the relationship to have the best chance of success.

What will a Big do with my child?

In our Community-based program, the Big will pick up your child from your home 2 to 4 times a month for a couple of hours at a time.  In our Site-based program, the Big will spend an hour with your child once a week at the school during the school year.  In both programs, time spent between your child and their Big means they will engage in meaningful conversations in which the Big encourages your child to pursue their goals.  The Big will share helpful life perspectives and guidance.  Your child and their Big will also engage in activities that are fun and enjoyable for both of them.

What is the time commitment?

When we make a match between a Big and a Little, we want it to last for as long as the relationship is beneficial for your child.  We ask everyone involved to commit to at least one year because when mentoring relationships last for at least one year, it has the most positive impact on the child. On the other hand, when mentoring lasts only a few months, it can negatively affect the child.

How will I know if the relationship is going well?

Any type of relationship requires dedication, consistency, and clear communication. It’s no different between Bigs and Littles. It can take a little bit of time for your child and their Big to get acquainted with each other and for the relationship to feel like it’s going well. Our staff will check in with you, your child, and your child’s Big on a regular basis and provide any needed support. It’s very important that you ask your child questions about the time they spend with their Big – what they did, how it went, what your child liked or didn’t like, how they felt about it, etc. If your child indicates anything about the relationship that raises a concern, please share that with your Match Support Manager (the BBBS staff member who will be assigned to support your child’s match with their Big).

What does it cost?

There is no cost to you to enroll your child in our program.  We expect your child and their Big to participate in free or low-cost activities.  If possible, you are encouraged to contribute to the cost of activities or outings your child participates with their Big.