Parent FAQs

We know it can be a huge step for a parent to bring a new mentor into their child’s life—and one that has the potential of transforming not just the life of their child, but their own and the mentor’s as well.

Here are some questions many parents have as they are considering this mentoring opportunity for their child: 

How does my child benefit from having a mentor?

Your child will:

  • Benefit by spending time with a caring adult they can talk to
  • Enjoy activities that are enriching
  • Have brand new, FUN experiences  that broaden their horizons 
  • Gain self-confidence and the ability to believe in what they are capable of
  • Expand their vision of what’s possible for their future
  • Learn new skills and try new activities

What is my role as a parent or guardian?

Big Brothers Big Sisters works closely with parents and guardians to match every child with the right Big. Your input about the type of volunteer that is right for your child is very important.

A Match Support Specialist requests your feedback regularly about your child’s relationship with their Big, and about how we can best meet the needs of your child.

Our goal is for Littles’ parents to be an integral part of a mentoring team which includes: 1) the parent, 2) the mentor, or “Big” and 3) the BBBS match support specialist. The goal of this mentoring team is to provide mutual support and communication so that the relationship is enriching and expansive for everyone involved. 

What kinds of activities will my child be doing?

Bigs and Littles share in a diversity of everyday activities. We work hard during the enrollment and matching process to evaluate individual interests of both the mentor and mentee so that once they meet—there is a lot of common ground in what they enjoy doing—but still plenty of potential for expanding both of their horizon’s. 

Some common activities we see with Bigs and Littles: 

  • Playing sports
  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Arts and crafts
  • Volunteering and community service
  • Visiting local attractions
  • Gardening

 

For the Mentors and Matches program,  is the school okay with my child being out of class for an hour?

 
Yes. Frequently the teacher has suggested to the administration that a child would benefit from having a mentor.   BBBS Program Coordinators make sure to work with teachers so the child isn’t missing key learning times. Also, teachers often provide an class assignment so the mentor can assist the child in completing it.