ENROLL A CHILD

PARENTS / GUARDIANS

As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving them the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future.

You’ll feel the impact as much as your child

A study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:
  • are more confident
  • are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol
  • do better in school
  • get along better with their family and friends
  • feel better about themselves

SAFETY FROM THE START

The safety of your child is your highest priority. It’s no different at Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential Bigs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes:
  • Completion of a formal written application
  • Background checks at the national, state and local levels
  • Reference checks
  • An in-person interview
  • An orientation and training process that outlines the individualized needs of your child and provides information and resources on how to encourage your child’s development

Big Brothers Big Sisters also provides child safety tips to you and your child, and we welcome your questions and feedback. Throughout the life of the match, our professional staff will be in ongoing communication with you, your child, and your child’s Big. It’s the best way to build a strong relationship that will have the greatest impact on your child’s future success.

FAMILIES AS PARTNERS

Parents and guardians are not just part of the process, they’re part of the success.

When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. So it should come as no surprise that we need the parents and guardians of Littles to be involved every step of the way, starting with the initial match.

Not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you’ll also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once the match is made, you remain closely involved in many ways, including:
  • Approving activities and outings for your child and their Big
  • Asking your child questions about those outings, and sharing what you learn with the agency staff
  • Reporting your child’s progress and milestones to the agency on a regular basis (Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact you, but we welcome your feedback any time)
  • Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, and communicating with your child about the training he or she receives.


OUR SERVICE AREA

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota serves children in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns and the northern tier of Wright County (Cities include Albertville, Annandale, Clearwater, Monticello, Otsego, Saint Michael & South Haven).

 

PROGRAM OPTIONS

Community-Based Program- Community-Based Mentoring is a one-to-one mentoring program where a mentor meets with the child out in the community three to four times a month (on average 2 to 5 hours per outing). Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota will enroll youth from age 7 -16. ​​ Once matched, there's potential for a match to continue until the child is 18 or graduates from high school. If you are interested in enrolling your child please complete our Community Based Child Application.

School-Based Program- School-Based Mentoring is a one-to-one mentoring program where a mentor meets with a child in the child’s school, 1 hour per week, for one year (meeting in person while school is in session and maintaining contact over the summer by phone, mail or email). Children in this program must be in K-8th grade. If you would like to enroll your child in the School-Based program please contact your child’s teacher or contact your school’s School-Based Coordinator listed below:

Foley & Big Lake Schools: Beth Marquette

Sartell-St. Stephen Schools: Liza Fetterley

St. Cloud & Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools: Jessica Kisner

Other Site-Based Program- Site-Based Mentoring is a one-to-one mentoring program where a mentor meets with a child in a particular site location (Southside Boys and Girls Club), 1 hour per week, for one year (meeting in person while school is in session and maintaining contact over the summer by phone, mail or email). Children in this program must be in K-8th grade. If you would like to enroll your child in this program please contact Jessica Kisner at jkisner@bbbscentralmn.org or 320-258-4512

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MN seeks to serve children who are most in need of our services. Children are eligible for our program if they meet the age requirement listed above and have one or more of the following traits.
  • Exhibit poor social skills
  • Has few friends his/her own age
  • Lacks adequate support and attention of a stable adult
  • Struggles academically
  • Has a parent/guardian who is or has been incarcerated
  • Has a family member in the military
  • Is eligible for free or reduced lunch
  • Has older siblings who have had significant problems with social or community adjustments
  • Is living in a single, separated, divorced or remarried family situation
  • Has a poor self-concept
  • Dealing with the loss of or serious illness of a family member