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GET A BIG

PARENTS & CAREGIVERS: YOU'RE INVITED!

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!

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Youth Served:

-Wayne, Oakland, Macomb Counties

-Ages 7-16

-Those who want and need a mentor!

All applications will be given equal consideration regardless of race, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, or national origin. 

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit is conducting trainings and match meetings virtually when possible to maintain adherence to CDC and State of Michigan guidelines to protect the health and safety of our volunteers, youth, families, and staff.

YOUR ROLE AS PARENT & CAREGIVER

Not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you’ll also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once the match is made, you remain closely involved in many ways, including:

  • Approving activities and outings for your child and their Big

  • Asking your child questions about those outings, and sharing what you learn with the agency staff

  • Reporting your child’s progress and milestones to the agency on a regular basis (Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact you, but we welcome your feedback any time)

  • Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, and communicating with your child about the training he or she receives

SAFETY FIRST!

Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential Bigs.


Big Brothers Big Sisters National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process to ensure the child's safety that includes:

  • Completion of a formal written application

  • Background and reference check

  • An in-person* interview

  • An orientation and training process that outlines the individualized needs of your child and provides information and resources on how to encourage your child's development

Big Brothers Big Sisters also provides child safety tips to you and your child, and we welcome your questions and feedback. Throughout the life of the match, our professional staff will be in ongoing communication with you, your child, and your child's Big. It’s the best way to build a strong relationship that will have the greatest impact on your child’s future success.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit is conducting trainings and match meetings virtually when possible to maintain adherence to CDC and State of Michigan guidelines to protect the health and safety of our volunteers, youth, families, and staff.