Peoria – Right now, fifty-five Peoria-area children are waiting to be matched with a “Big Brother” or a “Big Sister”. These children have been referred to Big Brothers Big Sisters because they need a positive role model in their lives, someone who can spend some time with them and help guide them in the right direction .
Being a “Big” is as simple as being a friend to a child. Matches spend time out in the community exploring shared interests such as playing basketball, attending a Chiefs game, or going to the zoo. They may also spend time in the home doing homework or playing video games. The key component of any match is that the Big is serving as a trusted, positive adult role model.
All “Bigs” are thoroughly screened with an interview, a background check, and reference checks. Once they have been accepted, the Big is matched with a Little with similar interests. The program requires the matches meet 2-4 times a month for at least one year, based on the schedules of the volunteer and family.
Becoming a Big really makes a difference in the life of a child! In a recent survey, Alumni Littles reported increased self-esteem, achievement of key life goals, and lasting relationships with their Bigs. Across the board, former Littles believe their Big made a significant impact on their lives and they consider themselves more successful than their childhood peers.
Those interested in becoming a Big are urged to call 637-1771 today!