Millions of children need a caring adult role model.
When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. Today's youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential.
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.
What's New from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
Save the Date: 50th Anniversary Gala is October 27!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa’s 50th Anniversary Gala is Saturday, October 27, 2018 at The Ron Pearson Center.
Thank You to Bank of America!
Thank you to our friends at Bank of America for funding our School-Based and Workplace Mentoring Programs…
Iowa Big Sister of the Year: Jana Davis
Jana Davis was recently named the 2018 Iowa Big Sister of the Year.
Our agency made Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s headlines this past week!
During Big Sister Fannette Elliott’s childhood, her parents stressed the importance of education. Fannette was…
Congratulations to our April, May and June matches celebrating another year together! Little’s Name Big’s…
Big Brother Brock Ford was nominated as BBBSCI’s Big of the Quarter by School-Based Mentoring…