Enroll a Child

As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving your child the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future.

Could your little one use a Big?

It all starts with the right role models. And Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. For more than 100 years, due in large part to private donations, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match, and support mentoring friendships that have changed the lives of thousands of young people in southwest Michigan — one Little at a time. 


You know what’s best for your child. So we’ll need your help from the start, providing information about your child’s strengths and needs, and ultimately approving the Big Brother or Big Sister match. But your role doesn’t end there.

Safety from the Start.

Your child's safety is extremely important to us. Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts a thorough background check on every volunteer in our program, and every relationship is closely monitored and supported by a professionally-trained match support specialist.

You’ll feel the impact as much as your child.

A study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:

✓ are more confident

✓ are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol

✓ do better in school

✓ get along better with their family and friends

✓ feel better about themselves*

*Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures

Enroll a Child Now

  • Children ages 6-16 are eligible for a Big
  • Programs are open to children and youth living in Kalamazoo, Allegan, Calhoun and Van Buren counties
  • Once the application form below is filled out, we'll reach out to schedule an interview 
  • It might take a while for your child to be paired with a mentor because of the intentionality of our process- we work hard to find the perfect Big for your Little

Still have questions? Our team is here to help you determine if a Big is a good fit for your child, or assist you in completing an application. Complete the inquiry form below, contact Customer Relations, at customerrelations@bbbsmi.org or call our office at 269-382-6800.

If you're ready to enroll your child, please complete the application form below. One of our team members will follow up with you regarding next steps.

Note: if you would like to enroll multiple children, please complete one application for each child