You’ve heard about Big Brothers Big Sisters, and maybe even know someone who is involved in the program as a Big or Little. But have you ever considered getting involved yourself?
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Sioux Empire is always looking for more mentors. Not sure what’s all involved with becoming a Big?
We’re explaining the application process, and giving you five reasons to become a Big this year!
Five Reasons to Become a Big in 2019
Activities, new perspectives — there are so many reasons to become a Big, but here’s five to get you started:
1. So Many Activities!
When you become a big brother or sister, you’re able to participate in activities that can bring out the kid in all of us! Spend an afternoon at the Great Plains Zoo, jump high at Sky Zone for an hour, or splash around at the Midco Aquatic Center.
You don’t even need to spend money when you hang out with your Little. Go for a bike ride, check out a book at the library, or play catch at the park. The possibilities are endless!
2. Easy to Fit in Your Schedule
Some people fear that becoming a Big is too much of a time commitment.
What they don’t realize is that you are only required to commit a minimum of four hours per month for at least one year. Of course we encourage you to spend more time with your Little if able, but even meeting up once a week for an hour can make a big impact.
3. Encounter New Perspectives
You and your Little most likely come from different backgrounds. Spending time with your Little can open your eyes to new ways of thinking, and can broaden their perspective as well!
Your Little will look to you for guidance, encouragement, and friendship. As a Big, you have the opportunity to provide a positive space that may be lacking in other areas of a child’s life.
4. Mutual Motivation
Positive energy is contagious! Kids have a lot of energy, and have the ability to make you more excited about the simple things in life.
Plus, when you see yourself through your Little’s eyes, you’ll want to show up as your best self every time you get together.
5. You’ll End Up with More Than a Little
Every mentor is asked to make a minimum commitment of one year, but many matches can last five years or more! These friendships can become life-long relationships that your Little Brother or Sister (and you) will cherish for a long time.
How Do I Become a Big?
There are a few requirements you must meet before becoming a Big. Once the process is complete, we’ll match you up with a Little in no time!
Who is a Big?
While the thought of becoming a BBBS mentor may initially be outside your comfort zone, knowing the positive impact you can make on a local child’s life is completely worth it . Ready to take the next step? Apply to become a mentor today!