(Closed) Big Brothers Big Sisters program?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

My husband does Big Brothers, but the in-school mentorship program, so he meets with his buddy for an hour a week during the school day.  It works out well for him because our workplace supports the program and he’s able to go on work time.  i think they do some really great work.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have been a Big Sister matched with my Little for 4 years now.  They really did a great job matching me with a terrific Little Sister.  And I know that both me and my Little learn a lot from each other and enjoy our time together.  

However, beyond matching me a great kid I cannot say that I have been impressed with the program.  The few times I have actually needed the help of the social worker I am matched with (death in my Little’s family etc.) they were of no help.   I have also been disappointed that they organize activities that do not include all the girls in the program.  With all that said, I would still recommend being a Big Sister to anyone that has the interest and time to commit to the program.  Me and my Little organize activities and get togethers on our own and I have limited contact with the actual program at this point.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@roweboat:  Yeah, he talks about the little guy all the time, and seems to get along with him really well.  They usually just draw in the library and talk or go out and shoot hoops or soccer/hockey kind of thing.  His little brother has a completely absent father, and a couple sisters so it’s nice for him to have a guy to hang out with.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@roweboat:  Yes, I was really disappointed too.  But truly, my relationship with my Little is so rewarding that it doesn’t really matter.  Her mother is doing a good job as mom that it is not like I need the support of the social worker to intervene in a dangerous situation etc.  That is the only time I would imagine an issue.

She is such a great kid and we have so much fun together.  We were matched when she was 7 and she is 11 now.   I am hopeful that as she enters her teen years she can see me as a trusted friend to help her make the right choices. I thought about doing the program for a while too (my father had been a Big Brother when I was younger).  I would just recommend to make sure you do have the time to commit to it.  For the first six months I saw my Little 3-4 times a month to establish the relationship.  After about a year we moved to 2x a month and now we get together every 3-4 weeks.  Best wishes! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I was a Big Sister for awhile.  It was very cool!  She came from a reasonably stable but low-income family.  The organization itself was not too involved, but they did plan events from time to time that we went to. Most of the time we just hung out and did normal things- played games, went to the movies.  Oh, and her family didn’t have an oven so she LOVED coming to my apartment and baking desserts for them!!

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