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Our Bigs come from diverse backgrounds just like our Littles. We have Bigs ranging in all ages. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills. You just have to want to positively impact a young person. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit!
As a Big, you will work with your Little’s caregivers to decide together what you want to do. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and get together on a regular basis. The outings will also depend on the comfort level of your Little’s caregivers, your Little and you.
The quality of time invested with your Little is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is to help a Little see the world through a different lens so you can inspire them to become something they never thought possible. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. Play a game together or share that pizza that you were going to have for lunch anyway. To best support you, we have a spending policy that we will review with you before you are matched.
Share an activity that gives you something in common to talk about. Go to the library, check out a book and read together. Play a board game. Go on a nature walk. Or hang out and talk about the music you like. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. For children, playing can be learning. Most importantly, keep it simple and enjoy yourselves!
In the beginning, it’s important for you and your Little to get to know each other. This happens best on a one-to-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for your Little to get to know the people who are important to you. Your Match Support Specialist will guide you in this process.
Once you are matched with your Little, a Match Support Specialist from our agency will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and feedback. Any time you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you will have a Match Support Specialist there to help. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.