Our traditional one-to-one mentoring model. Caring adult mentors (Bigs) and children ages 5-15 (Littles) spend time together in the community doing activities they both enjoy.
A LITTLE TIME CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.
Many relationships between Bigs and Littles are part of our Community-based programs. Community-based mentoring relationships involve one-on-one outings and activities, doing things the Big and Little enjoy together, like:
- Taking a walk in the park
- Going to museum
- Attend free activities hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Listening to music
- Hanging out and talking
Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles on weekday evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.
ROLE MODELS MAKE AN IMPACT
Studies show that children who have role models are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs, or commit crimes.
In Southern Minnesota in 2021:
- 94% of Littles noticed their grades improve after being matched with a Big
- 99% of Littles said their Big makes their life better
- 99% of Bigs said their Little makes their life better