Our Community Program matches adults over the age of 18 with children from ages 5 through 17. Our agency staff interview all parties – the child’s parents or guardians, the child and the volunteer. When an appropriate match is identified, the parent and volunteer meet with agency staff to make sure the adults are comfortable with each other. After that, if all parties agree, the match is made and the mentoring begins. Bigs and Littles spend four to eight hours a month together doing things they both enjoy.
Results from having a Big Brother or Big Sister:
- 77% improved self confidence
- 69% improved trust in adults
- 61% improved academic performance
- 62% improved classroom behavior (as reported by parents)
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the ONLY best-practice prevention program in Montana proven to impact a broad spectrum of risk factors (i.e. delinquency, alcohol, tobacco & drug use, teen pregnancy, and school drop-outs) while simultaneously helping children reach their highest potential.
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Students attending college need to have completed at least 1 year of course work before applying
- Must pass a background check
- Visit and have fun with a Little for a minimum of 4-8 hours/month
- Provide consistent companionship for at least 1 year
- Maintain regular contact with program staff
- Have the ability and desire to work with a child
- Help strengthen children, families and your community