Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Big Couples are friends to children. They share everyday activities and experience the joy that simple moments of friendship can bring. Within those little moments lies the big magic that a Big brings to the life of a young person. Our volunteers say consistently that being a Big is enjoyable and fulfilling. Opportunities to become a Big Brother, Big Sister or Big Couple are available through community, college and high school programs. Each program has specific guidelines that help to ensure that children are matched with stable, caring volunteers who provide positive examples and guidance both through new experiences and practical help such as homework.
The CORE/Community-based Match Program is the hallmark of the agency. Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Big Couples volunteer to meet with their assigned Little, aged 6 through 12, between two and four times per month for a period of 18 months. The child is picked up at his/her home by the volunteer and the pair spend time doing recreational, educational and – most importantly – FUN activities.
Traditionally, women are matched with girls and men are matched with boys. Big Sisters may elect to be matched with a Little Brother between the ages of 6 and 9. This cross gender program is designed as a way of meeting the needs of over 65 boys currently on the waiting list.
The Campus Mentoring Programs are similar to the Core program; however the Littles are transported by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County (BBBSBC) staff to meet with their college student Big Brother or Big Sister. Visits take place on campus. College students commit to the program. This program is currently available through partnerships established between BBBSBC and Geneva College and Penn State-Beaver.
Site-Based High School Mentoring programs are available through partnerships between BBBSBC and the Ambridge Area School District, Aliquippa School District, and Western Beaver School District that pair high school students with elementary students. A lunch buddy program is also available at the Rochester Elementary School that pairs students with adults from local businesses and organizations.
At Ambridge and Western Beaver, high school mentors are paired with students in grades first through sixth. The matches meet weekly during the final period of the elementary school day to enjoy various activities. Littles are referred to the program primarily by teachers. To participate in this program, it is not required that Littles come from a one-parent home.
In the Rochester School District, adults from various businesses and organizations, such as Grace Lutheran church in Rochester and Big Brothers Big Sisters, are paired with an elementary student. Matches meet for one hour once a week during the school year at Rochester Elementary School and work on school based activities and enjoy lunch together.
To begin the volunteer or child enrollment process, please visit the Staff page for the agency directory and contact information.