It Starts with a Little

Since 1958 Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring and our supporters have been changing children's lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success.

The 2018 Benefit Dinner will feature guest speaker Gregory Kelser, former Michigan State University and NBA star and current color analyst for Fox News Detroit. Kelser, who was an All-American on the court and an Academic All-American, will speak about the importance of teamwork, goal setting, education, and leadership. Tickets are $300 per person.

Hundreds of local children need an additional caring adult role model.


Thousands of children in our area face challenges every day. Those who have positive role models in addition to their families are more likely to succeed than those who do not. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ one-to-one mentoring programs are proven to help children overcome adversity and beat the odds. 
By supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters with your money or time, you will help local children make the most of their futures. You provide them with caring mentors, supported by professionals who guide them towards academic achievement and success in life.

How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?

Matching

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.

Activities

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.

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