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Eligibility

Jacque and Lauren 2Big Brothers Big Sisters works closely with parents/guardians to find the best Big for your child. Before your child is matched, our Enrollment & Match Support Specialist will meet with you and your child to learn about your child’s needs, interest, personality and preferences. As the person who knows your child best, we value your input. No match is made without the approval from the parent/guardian and child.

Child Safety

The safety and well-being of the children we serve is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To help ensure child safety, Big Brothers Big Sisters requires the following steps to be taken:

Each volunteer must complete a thorough screening process that includes:

  • Completion of a formal written application
  • Criminal history record check and a driver’s license record check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Personal references
  • In-person interview
  • Home assessment

In addition, throughout the life of the match professional staff will be in ongoing communication with you, your child and your child’s Big.

Eligibility - Community-Based Programs

  • Children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old.
  • The child must be a resident of, or attend school in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse or Kalkaska County.
  • Legal custody issues must be clearly determined at time of enrollment.
  • The child must want to participate in the program.
  • The parents/legal guardians must be capable of working with Big Brothers Big Sisters and a mentor to support the development of the one-to-one relationship with a volunteer.
  • The child must demonstrate a need for service and must be appropriate for volunteer intervention in one or more of the following areas:
    • » The child could benefit from experiences that promote social or emotional growth.
    • » The child could benefit from activities that strengthen their academic skills.
    • » The child could benefit from activities that help develop positive peer relationships.
    • » The child could benefit from self-esteem building activities.
    • » The child could benefit from exposure to community resources/activities.
    • » The child could benefit from the support and attention of another stable adult.
    • » The child has experienced a life event capable of derailing positive growth and development (abuse, incarceration of a parent or sibling, chronic family poverty, lack of stable role models).
    • » The child has a sibling currently in the program
    • » The child is being referred to the program by a counselor
  • The child must be capable of establishing a relationship with a volunteer.
  • The needs of the child must be appropriate for volunteer intervention.

 

Eligibility - School-Based Programs

  • Children must be in grades one through five.
  • The child must be a resident of, or attend school in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse or Kalkaska County.
  • The child must want to participate in the program.
  • The child must demonstrate a need for service and must be appropriate for volunteer intervention in one or more of the following areas:
    • » The child could benefit from activities that strengthen their academic skills.
    • » The child could benefit from activities that help develop positive peer relationships.
    • » The child could benefit from self-esteem building activities.
    • » The child is being referred to the program by a school counselor or teacher.
    • » The child has an asset not currently served by the school system.
    • » The child could benefit from experiences that promote social or emotional growth.
  • The child must be capable of establishing a relationship with a volunteer.
  • The needs of the child must be appropriate for volunteer intervention.
  • The parents must be willing to follow program guidelines and respond to agency calls.
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