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As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving them the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future.

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Could your little one use a Big?

It all starts with the right role models. And Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. For over 100 years, due in large part to private donations, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country — one Little at a time.

You’ll feel the impact as much as your child.
A study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:
  • are more confident
  • are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol
  • do better in school
  • get along better with their family and friends
  • feel better about themselves1

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Our service area:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota serves children in Dodge, Rice, Steele, and Waseca Counties.  We will accept children outside of this area on a case-by-case basis. However, it may take longer or we may not be able to find a match for children outside of our service area.

Who do we serve:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota is committed to our mission and vision of helping children reach their full potential.  Any child who could benefit from having a positive mentor in his or her life is welcome to our program.  We are especially committed to serving at-risk youth. One third of all children in our service area (approximately 11,000 children) are considered to be at-risk. At risk children are more likely to be in one or more of the following categories:
  • receive free and reduced lunch
  • live in a single parent home
  • have an incarcerated parent
  • struggle academically
  • struggle socially
  • are affected by abuse
  • are affected by mental health issues
  • are affected by substance abuse
  • are a minority
Who we do not serve:
  • Children currently in an abusive situation or who have not had outside counseling regarding an abusive situation (these children should seek professional counseling).
  • Children who do not want to be enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.
  • Children who do not have permission from their legal guardian to be enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.
  • Children of parents who are merely looking for a babysitter for their children.

Parents wanted.
You know what’s best for your child. So we’ll need your help from the start, providing information about your child’s strengths and needs, and ultimately approving the Big Brother or Big Sister match. But your role doesn’t end there.

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Safety from the start.
Your child's safety is extremely important to us. Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts a thorough background check on every volunteer in our program, and every relationship is closely monitored and supported by a professionally trained match coordinator.

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For more information about enrolling a child, please contact Megan Horton, Recruitment Coordinator, at megan@bbbsofsouthernmn.org or 507-414-0308.


1Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures

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