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Have a question about being a Big Brother or Big Sister?Before you can start something, you probably need a few questions answered.

FAQs About Being a Big

Who are the Bigs?
Our Bigs come from diverse backgrounds just like our Littles. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills. You just have to want to positively impact a young person. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit!

When would I see my Little?
If you are a Site-Based Big, you will see your Little once per week at the child's school or after-school program. As a Community-Based Big, you decide with your Little what you want to do with parental approval. We recommend you keep a consistent schedule of outings and get together on a regular basis. Until your relationship is established the outings will also depend on the comfort level of your Little’s parents, your Little and you. At the beginning, one of our Match Support Specialist will get in touch frequently to make sure everything is going well, answer any questions you have, and suggest activities.

How much money should I spend?
The quality of time invested with your Little is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending more than $30 per month on your outings. We have many low-cost or free activities available for Matches, and will keep you up-to-date on any new offerings. The goal of the relationship is to help your Little see the world from a different perspective and open his or her horizons.

What are some good ideas for outings with my Little?
If you are a Site-Based Big, you might help with homework, do a craft or play a game -- inside or outside. If you are a Community-Based Big, you might go to the library, check out a book, and read together. Take a ride in the car with the radio on and talk about the music you both enjoy. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. For children, playing can be learning. Most important: Keep it simple and enjoy yourselves!

Can I bring my spouse, a friend or family member on outings?
In the beginning, it’s important for you and your Little to get to know each other. This can happen best on a one-to-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for your Little to get to know the people who are important to you. Just keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others, your Little may begin to feel jealous or neglected. The main focus is the friendship you develop with your Little and the impact you have on her life. If you and your spouse would like to share the Big experience, consider a Couples Match.

What kind of support can I expect from Big Brothers Big Sisters once I get matched?
Once you are matched with your Little, a Match Support Specialist will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Any time you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, your Match Support Specialist can provide help with ideas for activities, guidance, and feedback on how you are making a difference. Most Match Support Specialists are also Bigs, so they have great first-hand experience and knowledge to share.

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