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Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical organization. We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.
AGENCY UPDATE: MARCH 23, 2020
Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region staff will continue working remotely until at least Monday, April 13. However, even though we won't be in the office, we're still here for you! Matches will continue to receive support, and our staff is still available for any inquiries or questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to reach out, and we'll make sure you get the answers and connections you need.
If you need to reach our Program staff with general questions, please call 517-899-9499 or 517-899-8670. If you are working with one of our Program staff members and have a specific question, please feel free to email the Program staff member directly.
If you need to reach our administrative or Leadership staff, please feel free to email the staff member directly. If you are unsure who to reach out to, please email [email protected], and we will route you to the appropriate person.
We will keep you updated with our plans over the days and weeks to come. Thank you for your understanding.
More than 100 children are waiting.
When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. Today's youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential.
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.
Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.
When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.
Screening and Training
Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.
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