Could Your Little One Use A Big?
Interested in enrolling your child as Little in our program? Take a look at some of the enrollment criteria and FAQs, then contact one of our Intake or Enrollment Specialists.
What Basic Criteria Does My Child Need to Meet?
- Your family must live and be enrolled in school within one of the following counties we currently service: Duval, Clay and Nassau County
- Your child must be between the ages of 5 and 17 years old
What Are The Benefits Of Signing My Child Up As A Little?
How Will My Child Be Matched With A Mentor:
Before we make a match, we do our homework. After a potential mentor expresses their interest in becoming a Big, they go through a background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. Our organization also provides full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, impactful relationships.
How Will My Child’s Relationship With Their Mentor Be Monitored?
Each match in our program are assigned a dedicated and professional Match Support Specialist (MSS). The MSS will maintain regular communication with you, your child and your child’s mentor. MSSs help guide and monitor each match relationship by offering tips, ideas and advice to help advance the match relationship.
What Do Bigs & Littles Do Together?
Keep in mind that each match relationship is unique. A Little who is enrolled in the School-Based Mentoring Program, will be visited by their Big at their school. School-based Bigs sometimes meet their Littles at school to have lunch together, read a book or help with school assignments. A Little who is enrolled in our Community-Based Program will have Bigs who will be available to do activities out in the community together. These activities could include things like visiting a museum, attending local events, or hanging out on the weekend.
What Are My Responsibilities As A Parent?
When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. So it should come as no surprise that we need the parents and guardians of Littles to be involved every step of the way, starting with the initial match.
Not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you’ll also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister for your child. Once the match is made, you remain closely involved in many ways, including:
- Approving activities and outings for your child and their Big
- Asking your child questions about those outings, and sharing what you learn with agency staff
- Reporting your child’s progress and milestones to the agency on a regular basis (Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact you, but we welcome your feedback any time)
- Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, and communicating with your child about the training he or she receives.