For children growing up in adversity, research has shown that the presence of just one caring adult can make the difference between a lifetime of struggle and developing the tools to create a better future. At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington (BBBS), financial resources are required to match a ‘big’ with a ‘little.’
Being a mentor to a child is not a major time commitment or an expensive endeavor. It is simply a positive relationship for a child that needs some consistency in their lives. The staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington provides on-going support for the entire length of the match. The required commitment is a few hours a month for at least one year. Most kids lack consistency and need to know their Big Brother or Sister will stick around. Many of these matches last much longer than the required year.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington there is no physical building for after-school programs. Many of the youths meet their Big Brother or Sister at their local school for supervised visits. There is no charge to the youth family or the mentors to participate.
To learn more about how Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington makes an impact in our community, read the stories below or visit www.swwabigs.org.