What's New from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa

COVID-19 Update (June 8, 2020)

Beginning Monday, June 8, matches can get together again in-person under specific guidelines. Please click here to read the guidelines that have been established, as the safety of our Littles, Bigs, and…

Happy Match Anniversary

Happy Match Anniversary to our June and July matches celebrating another year together! Little’s Name…

Defenders of Potential Breakfast

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa’s Defenders of Potential Breakfast (formerly Match Makers Breakfast)…

Let’s Change the World Together

Dear Defenders of Potential, I have both a heavy and hopeful heart as it relates…

A Little Bit of Good

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa team’s hearts are full! We are so…

Match Spotlight: Little Shawn and Big Reid

Becoming a Big Brother was part of Reid’s 2017 New Year’s resolutions. Three years later, Reid and Little Brother Shawn continue to share adventures together, including watching superhero movies, playing…

How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?

Matching

When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.

Relationship Management

Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.

Activities

When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.

Screening and Training

Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.