BBBS MIAMI VALLEY

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1WHAT IS A BIG BROTHER OR BIG SISTER?

The role of a Big Brother or Big Sister is to be a mentor, role model and guide for their Little. Just by sharing, caring and being there to encourage your Little, you help empower them to make better life choices, build confidence and succeed in life. Together, we are defenders of Potential.

2WHAT IS YOUR SERVICE AREA AND WHO ARE THE CHILDREN YOU SERVE?

We serve children who live in Montgomery, Miami, Greene and Preble Counties. Our Littles are between the ages of 6 and 18 and come from many different neighborhoods, economic levels, ethnic backgrounds and family structures. Children and parents may hear about us from a teacher, a counselor, their church, or a friend. We serve 525 children each year.

3DO YOU OFFER DIFFERENT KINDS OF MENTORING PROGRAMS AND WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

We specialize in one to one mentoring so that you can help your Little have new experiences and empowering them to see more opportunities for their future: Community-Based Mentoring: Spend time with your Little on the weekend or after school. Activities might include going to the park, watching a movie, trying something new, going to a baseball game, or doing arts and crafts. On average, you’ll probably spend 4 to 6 hours a month together for a minimum of one year. School and Site-Based Mentoring: Spend just 1 hour each week for a minimum of one school year with your Little at their school or after school site. Activities might include playing games, shooting some hoops, or practicing reading or math.

4WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE A MENTOR?

All of our mentors must pass a criminal background check, provide three references, and be stable and dependable. You don’t have to be brilliant, rich or perfect – our kids need real people as role models. Our kids need you. School-based mentors must be at least 18 years of age Community-based must be at least 21 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license and provide proof of auto insurance

5ARE YOUR PROGRAMS FREE?

There is no charge for our services. In order to recruit, screen, train, match and support mentors, children and parents in our programs, we rely on the support of individuals, businesses, foundations, and special events.

6HOW ARE MATCHES CREATED?

Depending on whether in the school based or community program, parents, guardians, teachers, or guidance counselors apply to the program for a child to be matched with a “Big.” Potential Big Brothers and Big Sisters are screened for the role. Screening includes a personal interview by a trained staff member and criminal, background and reference checks. In community-based programs a home assessment is also made. The child and his/her parents meet with the Big and, if the parent gives consent, a match is made. During the course of the match, a trained caseworker maintains contact with the match, oversees its development and offers guidance.

7HOW IS MY GIFT USED?

When you donate to BBBS you are supporting lifelong relationships between mentors and children that change lies for the better, forever. Our matches are highly supported and monitored to make certain parents, mentors, and children get the most out of their experience. The annual cost to support a match is $1,200.

8THE BEST TIME IS NOW.

We have terrific kids waiting to be matched with their Big Brother or Sister. If you’ve ever considered becoming a mentor, a volunteer, or a donor the time is now. The need is great, and so are the rewards. /p>


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