enroll a child
As a parent or guardian, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving your child the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future.
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. For over 100 years, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match, and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of youth across the country.
WHo can be mathced with a big?
- BBBSLR accepts males and females aged 6-14.
- Children should be facing some sort of adversity.
- Children in elementary school are eligible for our School-Based program.
- Children who are from single parent homes or who are being raised by someone other than a parent are eligible for our Community-Based program.
You know what’s best for your child, so we’ll need your help from the start. You will provide us information about your child’s strengths and needs, their interests, and ultimately what type of volunteer would be best for your child.
Read about real matches
Tobias and Fred
Fred has been on BBBSLR’s Board since February 2020. He has been seeing Tobias regularly at school since they were matched in December 2021. They eat lunch and read books together to help Tobias improve his reading skills. Tobias is in the Read to Succeed program with BBBSLR.
This summer Fred and Tobias will be switching to our Site-Based Plus program, so they’ll be able to not only meet in the school, but also go out into the community to do things together!
“His teacher told me earlier this week everyone went around the room to say how many siblings they have….He said he has 1, Fred. “He’s a winner in my book!”” ~ Fred
Donna and Ali
Big Sister Donna and Little Sister Ali have been matched since July of 2020, but when you’re around these two, you would’ve thought they’d known each other for years! The connection between them has been influential and positive for both from the beginning, but the bond doesn’t stop there. Donna and Ali’s families have also become really close, and many of their outings involve family-get-togethers! When Ali entered our programs, she was living with her grandmother and needed someone else in her life to keep her on a positive path and introduce her to new things. Since being matched, Donna and Ali have spent time volunteering, attending BBBS events, having dinner with Donna and her family, amongst other sporadic activities. Aside from being a Big Sister, Donna was also BBBSLR’s Partner of the Year for 2021 and volunteers her time on our events committees.
When you contact us about enrolling your child. Enter your information in the form below and one of our staff will contact you, or call 724-837-6198.
After step 1 is complete, an enrollment specialist will send you an application and interest sheet for you to fill out for your child(ren).
School-Based Program: An Enrollment Specialist will conduct an in-person interview with your child at school.
Community-Based Program: An Enrollment Specialist will come to your home and interview you and your child, so we can learn more about you, your child, and help determine their future Big.
You will be sent a mandatory online Child Safety Training to complete.
At this point, you and your child will be waiting for a Big. The length of the wait depends on the area and the various needs of you and your child.
School-Based Program: Your child’s Big will begin visiting their school once a week during the selected timeframe (lunchtime, end of the day)
Community-Based Program: You will communicate with your child’s Big to schedule outings twice a month.