Q: What is the purpose of Big Brothers Big Sisters?
A: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community, we strive to help each youth in our program:
Q: Who is a "Big"?
A: A "Big" is a volunteer mentor who is matched in a one-to-one relationship with a child (a "Little") in our program. A Big is a friend, a supporter, an a positive and consistent addition to the life of a Little. Bigs are NOT replacement parents, babysitters, or therapists. Instead, a Big is someone who share a different perspective on life and helps a Little realize their potential.
Q: Who is a "Little"?
A: A "Little is a child/youth in our program. Littles are typically between the age of 7-14, although we sometimes have Littles younger or older than that age range. Our Littles come from various backgrounds, neighborhoods, and schools. Their backgrounds and personalities are unique, but they are all looking for a positive, caring adult.
Q: What impact does a Big/Little match have on a Little?
A: CLICK HERE to access the 2019 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Annual Impact Report.
Q: How can I support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County?
A: We are always in need of volunteers and financial support. For more information, call our office at 406-248-2229.
Q: How is my donation used?
A: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County is a financially independent entity of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Your donations stay local to help create and support meaningful matches between Littles and Bigs. Contact us at 406-248-2229 if you would like to speak with a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member about financially supporting our organization.
Becoming a Big (Community Program)
Q: I am an adult age 18 or up. How do I become a Big?
A: CLICK HERE to access our Community Big Application or call us at 406-248-2229.
Q: What are the requirements to become a Big?
A: To become a Big, you must:
Q: What activities do Bigs and Littles do together?
A: Most Big/Little matches do simple, everyday activities and often begin their match with outings conducive to talking. Bigs and Littles have lots to learn about each other. We stress "no to low cost" activities that strengthen the relationship while building confidence and exposing the Little to new things. Our BIG Benefits program provides discounts from area businesses to Big/Little matches. Matches do everything from go to the park, cook dinner, go bowling, ride bikes, or just hang out at a coffee shop.
Referring a Little (Community Program)
Q: How do I enroll my child in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Program?
A: CLICK HERE to access the Community-Based Youth application or call us at 406-248-2229.
Q: What are the requirements to become a Little?
A: We do our best to enroll any child (typically ages 7-14) who wants a Big and whose parents/guardians want their child to have a Big. Our services are free and there are no economic or family structure qualifiers. We ask that Littles and their parents/guardians be able to commit to participating in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for at least 12 months. Littles must be able to regularly meet with their Big (approximately 4-8 hours a month).
Q: As the parent/guardian of a potential Little, how will I be involved in a Big Brothers Big Sisters match?
A: When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we're all in this together. So it should come as no surprise that we need the parents and guardians of Littles to be involved every step of the way.
Not only will you provide information about your child's strengths and needs, but you will also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once the Big/Little match is made, you remain closely involved in many ways, including:
Q: How does Big Brothers Big Sisters address the issues of child safety/youth protection?
A: The safety of everyone involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs is our first priority. CLICK HERE to learn more about the importance Big Brothers Big Sisters places on the safety of youth in our program.
Q: How long does it take to match my child with a Big?
A: Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members work hard to create and support Big/Little matches that will last and that will be successful and rewarding for everyone involved in the match. We therefore cannot say how long it will take to match a child (Little) with a Big.