Defending Potential since 1904
Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing children's lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success.
What's New from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa Receives Quality Award
Join us this April for two hours of bowling, pizza, prizes and the most fun you’ll…
This fall, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa (BBBSCI) launched I Am Enough, a…
Congratulations to Iowa Big Brother of the Year: Sterling Smith! Since receiving the Iowa Big…
Congratulations to Iowa Big Sister of the Year: Phonsavanh Lovan Sullins! The match relationship between…
National Mentoring Month
This year, make a resolution to give back in your community! January is #NationalMentoringMonth, and we invite you to #JoinTheVillage empowering young people in our community through mentorship. To learn…
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
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.
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.
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.