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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands Information Session

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Transcript of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands Information Session

Information Session
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Communty Based Mentoring & Our Programs
Mentoring Children of Prisoners
Latino Mentoring
Juvenile Justice
History, Mission & Vision

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest & most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. We have been the leader in one-to-one youth services for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct & lasting impact on the lives of young people.
All children achieve success in life.
Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Terminology

Bigs are regular people just like you. You just have to want to make a positive impact in a child's life. Role models come in all shapes and sizes.
A Little is a child between the ages of 7 & 18 who is most likely from a single parent home. Littles come from all different family, ethnic & socio-economic backgrounds.
What is a Big?
What is a Little?
What is a Big Couple?
A married couple that is interested in making a positive impact on a Little's life.
History
Mission
Vision
Service Areas
Nebraska
Douglas County
Sarpy County
Cass County
Saunders County
Washington County
Pottawattamie County
Mills County
Iowa
Check in
Community Based
Mentoring & Our Programs
Juvenile Justice
Mentoring Children
of Prisoners
Latino Mentoring
Involvement & Expectations
Minimum Requirements: the ability to commit to meeting with your Little 2-4 times a month for a minimum of 12 months

Take the initiative: schedule outings & keep in contact

Focus on friendship: with your Little. the time with your Little should be one-to-one.

50/50 Policy: You and your Little are to share costs of all activities.

Great communication is key. A lasting relationship can only happen with great communication between you, the parent, the child, and your assigned Match Support Specialist.
We Provide Support for your Relationship
Host monthly activities that you & your Little can attend for little or no cost
Monthly contact with your Match Support Specialist via telephone
Problem solving
Give activity ideas
Ensure parties are safe & happy with the match
Provide you feedback from the parent & the child
Examples: Stormchasers games, putt-putt golfing, holiday carnival, hayrack ridees, walking in various parades, & discounts at a variety of venues around town.
Enrollment Process for Bigs
1. Attend an Information Session (completed)

2. Complete application

3. Provide names, phone numbers & email addresses of 5 references (one supervisor & 3 friends whom you have known for more than 1 year, plus one close relative.

4. Complete and sign background check forms. (Must not have received a DUI in the last 3 years or more than one in a lifetime.) No felonies on record.

5. Provide background check fee.

6. Provide a copy of your Drivers License & current car insurance with your name on the policy.

7. Schedule an interview and complete a 2 hour mandatory training session.

8. An Enrollment Coordinator will come to your home and spend approximately 1 hour with you to complete an interview & home visit to ensure your residnce is a safe place for a child.

9. Once all of the above is completed, you will be matched as soon as we find the right child for you based upon the preferences of both parties.
Enrollment Process for Littles
1. Parent/Guardian calls to inquire about the program & an interview is scheduled with an Enrollment Coordinator.

2. An Enrollment Coordinator goes to the child's home & conducts an interview with the child and his or her pareent to make an assessment of the child's personality, interests and needs.

3. Any pertinent school or counseling reports are faxed to the Enrollment Coordinator in order to gather as much information as is necessary regarding the child's behavior from well-informed third parties. This information helps to determind if an individual child is eligible for our program.

4. After all paperwork is completed, we match the child as soon as we are able to find the best possible volunteer, based upon parent prefecences, child & volunteer interests, personalities, etc.
Why do we ask for a 12 month commitment?
Thank you very much for your interest in becoming a Big!
Foster Care Program
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