Bigs in Blue was started to help increase the goodwill and connection between children in our community and the local police force, firefighters, sheriff’s office, and other first-responders. These relationships can help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Our Bigs in Blue will meet with their Littles on a regular basis at the Little’s school or in the community. The role of the mentor is to provide emotional support and inspire them to become the best version of themselves.
1. ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF CHILDREN'S LIVES
2. EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION
3. PROMOTE CAREERS IN PUBLIC SAFETY
4. CONNECT PUBLIC SAFETY PROFESSIONALS WITH YOUTH IN POSITIVE WAYS
5. REDUCE CRIME AND YOUTH/COMMUNITY VIOLENCE
BIGS IN BLUE PROGRAM GOALS
LET'S start something
BECOME A VOLUNTEER MENTOR IN 30 DAYS OR LESS
How much time will it take to be a BIG?
You'll need to commit at least four (4) hours over two (2) visits minimum each month to spending time with your Little Brother or Little Sister. However, because Littles deserve consistency, we require Bigs to make a 12-month commitment (in hopes you'll continue beyond that!).
What will my LITTLE and I do together (and will it cost a lot)?
Bigs and Littles hang out and talk, run errands together, catch a game or a movie, grab a meal or make one... you know: regular stuff kids and teens like to do. It doesn't involve expensive gifts and activities; the time you spend with your Little is what matters most. Our Match Support Specialists are always on hand to give you great ideas for ways to share time with your Little.
How do kids get signed up for the program?
Typically, the parent/guardian initiates the youth application process. That includes an interview with the parent(s)/guardian and prospective Little. This interview ensures the best possible match/relationship.
Who else is involved?
A Match Support Specialist will support you, your Little, and the parent(s)/guardian. These trained experts help you all grow together to build a trusting, lasting relationship.
Can I bring my spouse or friends along?
Not at first, because it's tough to build a trusting relationship with someone when you have an audience! Over time, though, it's good for Littles to get to know people who matter to you. Just take care to prioritize your Little ones so they don't feel left out. Remember, you may be the only person in their life who's all "theirs."
Want your spouse or family to be part of the fun? Consider being a Big Couple or Big Family.
What if I have a concern?
Any relationship can feel complicated from time to time. Because our Littles are navigating all sorts of challenges, you may come across situations you're not sure how to handle. Our Match Support Specialists are available to address any bumps along the way.
Why does mentoring work?
Just like the rest of us, Littles can get stuck in one way of thinking, seeing, or going about things. But, through an enduring relationship with a mentor, youth learn new things, grow in self-confidence, and make healthy choices... all because they are introduced to what's possible.
Why should I volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Central Arkansas has a number of organizations doing incredible work in the community, and we're just thrilled you're looking for a place to volunteer! We hope you'll choose to join our efforts because of Big Brothers Big Sisters' long history of proven success. For over 50 years, we've been helping Littles do better in school, stay out of trouble and pursue their dreams. Together, we're making a massive difference in the quality of life for youth in Central Arkansas.