Does your child need some guidance, someone to talk to or a positive influence? We've got you covered.
The mentors, or Bigs as we like to call them, at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County are ready to be all of those things... and more. For 30 years, due in-large part to private donations, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of thousands of young people across the County — one match at a time.
You'll see the impact of a match just as much as your child.
A study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:
The benefits of being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County are life-long, as we aim to make an impact on their futures, for a lifetime.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County, we believe in the dignity and worth of all individuals. We believe that each young person deserves unconditional support and acceptance, no matter their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. We encourage any and all interested young people and potential mentors to inquire and learn more about being in a supportive, developmental mentoring relationship.
We enroll children that:
Families as Partners
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:
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 of Washtenaw County adheres to the Standards of Excellence established by the national office of Big Brothers Big Sisters. In order for each volunteer to become a Big Brothers or Sister they are required to complete an extensive screening process that includes:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County 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.