ENROLL TO BE A BIG

HOW IT WORKS

We’re always looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve their community. For a few hours, a couple of times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply changing their perspective of what the world has to offer, you can actually change their lives. Sometimes it’s as simple as playing video games, going to a museum, or just hanging out together. Becoming a Big is an incredible experience that will not only change a child’s life for the better, but yours as well.

FAQ

Big Couples & Big Families

You don’t have to volunteer alone! Get your partner or whole family involved in this life-changing experience. As a couple or family match, you get to positively impact a child’s life, together. Couple matches also have the added flexibility of meeting one-on-one or as a trio. There are many Littles waiting to be matched, and you have the power to change that.

Couples and families that apply to mentor a child will go through the enrollment process the same as an individual - each completing the steps separately. Once approved and matched with a child, outings will start with all members planning and enjoying outings together. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

After enrolling in our Community-Based Mentoring Program, Bigs and Littles are thoughtfully matched based on geography (within a 20-minute drive), preferences (gender, race, age, etc.), and shared interests. Once the Match is approved by Big, Little, and parent/caregiver, introductions are made and we’re off!

Matches get together 2-4 times a month for a few hours. Bigs schedule outings directly with Littles and their parent/caregiver, and are responsible for picking up and transporting their Little. Activities vary based on the interests of the Bigs and Littles, so whether it’s frisbee at the park, paint night and ice cream, or a picnic hike, each Match can define what “quality time” looks like for them. Visit our Programs page to learn more.

TIME & FREQUENCY

  • Most Matches meet on weekends or evenings (timing varies based on schedules of Bigs/Littles)
  • Matches meet 2-4 times each month for 1-3 hours

REQUIREMENTS FOR LITTLES

 •  Children ages 6-13 (Matches can stay open until 18, but new Matches are only created for Littles 6-13)
•  Must live in Dane County
•  Parent or caregiver must complete online application process for child
•  Committed to meeting with mentor 2-4 times per month
•  Parent and child must connect with Match Support Specialist as required 
•  One-year commitment

REQUIREMENTS FOR BIGS

 •  21 years or older
•  Must live or work in Dane County
•  Complete online application process, interview, and references
•  Pass a background check
•  Valid driver’s license and auto insurance
•  Reliable car for transporting Little
•  Big must connect with Match Support Specialist as required 
•  One-year commitment

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have, we're always happy to help.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Whether you get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County as a donor, potential Big, partner, or advocate, you have the power to change a child's future for the better.