How to become a Little
ARM YOUR CHILD WITH ANOTHER AWESOME ADULT. LIFE IS HARD, WE ALL EXPERIENCE UPS AND DOWNS AND WE KNOW – THE MORE PEOPLE IN YOUR CORNER THE BETTER. WE’D LOVE THE CHANCE TO PROVIDE YOUR CHILD WITH ANOTHER POSITIVE, ADULT ROLE MODEL TO HELP SET THEM ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS.
Step 1 – Inquiry – Call or email BBBS St. Joe to speak with a staff member and determine if your child is eligible for the program.
Step 2 – Paperwork – Complete a parent application and submit to BBBS staff. Sign up for a time to come to an in office info session to learn about the parent/guardian program commitments.
Step 3 – Home Visit – Complete an in-person interview with your BBBS Case Manager.
Step 4 – Ready to be Matched – BBBS searches carefully for the perfect Big to be matched to your child.
Step 5 – Update – Update the agency with any important changes in information so we can keep you updated as we prepare to match your child.
Step 6 – Meet your Big – When we find a great Big for your family, we will contact you to see if you think it is a good fit.
Common Q & A
Q. What ages of children can enroll, and what are the qualifications for being in the program?
A. Currently, we enroll children between the ages of 7 and 14. To qualify for the program your child must come from a single parent or non-traditional household, and your child must want to be enrolled.
Q. How do I enroll a child?
A. Start by contacting BBBS staff to see if your child qualifies for the program. If they do, BBBS has an enrollment process that involves some paperwork and a face-to-face interview. Once the enrollment process is complete, your child will be added to the wait list. There is no set amount of time that a child waits because we match children and volunteers based off preferences.
Q. What is the role of a Big?
A. A Big is there to be a support (friend) to your child. They are not an extra babysitter, financial support, or a parent. They are there to cheer your child on!