Big Brothers Big Sisters
D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s started the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program in 1965 serving all of Kent County and the eastern region of Ottawa County.
Currently, there are roughly 250 children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor.
What Does It Take to Be a Big Brother or Big Sister?
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nationally recognized mentoring program. Referrals of children ages 5-12 are accepted though matched children often remain in the program until age 18. Most referred children live in a single parent home. These children are normal kids, but may experience some difficulty in school, some inadequate social skills, and limited opportunity to develop their interests. All they need is someone like you!
Big Brothers Big Sisters recruits, assesses, screens, and trains Big Brother and Big Sister applicants. Little Brother and Little Sister applicants and their families are assessed as well. Approved Big Brothers and Big Sisters are matched to waiting, assessed Little Brothers and Little Sisters with the goal of maintaining each match for at least one year.
As a Big Brother or Big Sister, you:
• need to be are least 18 years old
• need to spend 1-3 hours a week with a child
• are supported by the social worker and parent
• might be single, married, a parent, employed or retired
• get to have a positive impact on a child
• get a fun break from a busy schedule
For real stories of real kids who have been impacted by mentoring in Big Brothers Big Sisters, click here.