Making a BIG Impact
Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Fredericksburg provides one-to-one mentors to local children.
Igniting the Power and Potential of Youth
Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring programs empower youth to thrive. For over 50 years, our specific model of mentoring has been making a Big impact for local children residing in the City of Fredericksburg, and the Counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George or Caroline. We help children have success in school, make positive choices and improve their self-confidence.
Big meets Little.
Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Empowering Potential begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved with them, is possible because of donations from generous people in our community.
How a Big becomes a Big—and a Little, a Little.
Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through an extensive background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities, interests and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, fruitful friendships. It’s also important to note that the entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can’t do what we do best without them!
For Community Mentoring, volunteers and children are matched in a one-to-one relationship and see each other at least every other week for an outing in the community. The time, place, and activity are mutually agreed upon between the volunteer and the family. The activities might include going to the park, playing basketball, visiting the library, baking cookies, or just spending time talking together. The volunteer is responsible for transporting the child to and from the child’s home for the outing.
For School Mentoring (Bigs in Schools), volunteers and children are matched in one-to-one relationships and visit with each other at a local elementary school during the academic year. Visits are scheduled on a set day/time for an hour each week. Match activities might include eating lunch together, playing games, reading together, playing outside, doing homework, or hanging out and talking.