BBBS MIAMI VALLEY

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1WHAT IS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE MIAMI VALLEY (BBBSMV)?
BBBS is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the Miami Valley, matching caring adults with children, ages six and up, in one-to-one relationships.
2WHAT 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.

3WHAT IS YOUR SERVICE AREA AND WHO ARE THE CHILDREN YOU SERVE?

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.

4WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR A BIG?

On average, you’ll probably spend 4 to 6 hours a month together for a minimum of one year..

5WHAT 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

6ARE 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 our generous donors and community.

7HOW 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..

8HOW IS MY GIFT USED?

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.

9WHAT IS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS AMERICA'S ROLE WITH OUR LOCAL BBBS IN THE MIAMI VALLEY?
BBBSMV is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters America. As an affiliate it pays dues to the national organization and in turn receives support in professional development, marketing materials, and database management. BBBS does not receive direct funding from BBBS America.
10THE 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
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