BBBS MIAMI VALLEY
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The role of a Big 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.
We serve children who live in Greene, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble Counties. Our Littles are ages 6 and up 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 approximately 525 children each year.
On average, Bigs spend 4 to 6 hours a month together for a minimum of one year..
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
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 our generous donors and community.
Depending on whether in the school based or community program, parents or caregivers or teachers refer youth. 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. BBBS staff recommend matches based on personality, interests and geographical location. During the life of the match, a dedicated Match Support Specialist provides guidance, coaching, and case management services..
When you donate to BBBS you are supporting lifelong relationships between mentors and children that change lives 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 - $1,500.