Get a Big | Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City

Get a Big

Arm your child with another awesome adult. Life is hard — we all experience ups and downs, and we know the more people you have in your corner, the better. We'd love the opportunity to provide your child with another positive, adult role model to help them ignite their own potential.

1Talk to BBBS Staff

Submit your information and a staff member will be in touch to schedule your orientation!

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2Application

Complete and return the application forms provided to you by BBBS staff.

3In-Home Interview

A staff member will conduct an in-home interview to get to know each child personally.

4Ready to be Matched

BBBS staff work to find the best match for the child based on their personality, needs, & location.

5Meet the Big & Build a Friendship

Now the fun begins! Parents and Littles work with the Big to communicate and schedule outings.

6Update & Communicate with BBBS

Families will receive support from our expert match support specialists throughout the match.

Testimonials

Big Memories Every Day with Littles at Every Age

BBBSKC empowers positive change in our community by matching Littles with Bigs to create powerful, meaningful, and life-changing friendships.

Our Future is Big

Get a Big

Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City serves children and teens who want and need a mentor in their lives. BBBSKC matches Littles in 2nd-11th grade with Bigs in a one-to-one, life-changing friendship. Bigs and Littles hang out 2-3 times a month for a few hours doing normal, everyday activities, like going to see a movie, playing games, going out to eat, or just hanging out!

Each match is supported by a dedicated Match Support Specialist who is always there to provide resources and support specific to the Little’s age. With a Big in their life, children and teens in the BBBSKC program are empowered to ignite their potential as they grow in their self-esteem, earn better grades, and develop a lifelong friendship with their Big.

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Faqs

Your Questions, Answered

We're here to help you every step of the way. View a full list of commonly asked questions to get the information you need.

Q1.Who are our Bigs?

Bigs are at least 21 years old and want to make a difference in the life of a child. These mentors are friends, role models, advocates and someone to stand with children as they realize their full potential.

Q2.How are Bigs screened and trained?

Child safety, match consistency and positive outcomes are our top priority. The application process includes: application, confirmation of identity via social security number and drivers license, criminal history background check, driving record check, auto insurance verification, personal/family references, an extensive online interview, an in-home assessment, and ongoing volunteer training and support.

Q3.What is the role of the family?

The role of a family is very important: supporting the friendship, encouraging communication, developing your own relationship with the Big and being responsive to BBBS staff once your child is matched are all essential.

Q4.How does BBBS choose a Big for my child?

Our team will learn more about both the Big and the Little at the in-home interview and that will help us prepare for the matching process. Matches are made based on many factors. Our professional enrollment and matching team looks for Bigs that they think will be a good fit based on where they live, personality and interests, life experiences, academic and career interests, etc.

Q5.What happens after my child is matched to a Big?

That’s when the fun begins! Matches meet 2-3 times a month and stay in touch in between. Bigs and Littles choose when they hang out together and what they do (with parent permission, of course). You and your child will have a dedicated professional staff member throughout your child's Match that will monitor the Match and offer resources for you and your family.

Q6.How long will my child be matched?

Matches can remain active with BBBS until your child reaches their educational goals. We support a variety of paths based on your child’s potential including: college, trade school, vocational training, enlistment, internship, and job placements.

Q7.What is the cost of the program?

The BBBS program is free of charge to families and Bigs.

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