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

COVID-19 Update

Dear Bigs and Families, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa’s priority is always our Littles’ health and safety and that of their families, our Bigs, and our staff. As…

Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2021

Save the Date! Bowl For Kids’ Sake: April 2021 We are excited to begin preparations…

Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program

Thanks to our generous donors, over 50 families were adopted through BBBSCI’s Adopt-A-Family program. Businesses,…

So You Think You Can Dance Like a Little

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the extensive involvement from youth and community leaders for…

A Little Bit of BIG News

We are excited to share a couple of things that have made us smile recently:…

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.

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.


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.