Did you know?
Boys growing up without an active father are 150% more likely to abuse drugs and 80% more likely to join gangs. Young people from single parent families are 200% more likely to go to jail at some point in their lives.
The Impact …. Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring programs work!
Research tells us that boys matched with a Big Brother are:
- 46% Less likely to start using drugs
- 27% less likely go start drinking
- 52% less likely to skip a day of school.
- 60% less likely to get arrested
Our families 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 the life of a young person. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit!
Generally when enrolled, our Little Brothers are between 6 and 16 years of age. The one thing they all have in common is that they want a Big Brother or Big Sister. They represent all walks of life and come from the 20 communities and 65 schools that we serve.
We get to know you first, so we can find the best Little for the whole family. Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters matches you with a kid based on common interests, personality and geography.
All volunteers and employees are subject to background checks including an interview, obtaining references from people who know them well, driver’s license checks and conducting criminal offender (CORI) and sexual offender (SORI) records checks.
As a family, you and your Little decide together what you want to do and then your Little gets parent approval. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and get together on a regular basis.
Usually, we like to make matches where the Big and Little are within at most 7-10 miles. Beyond this, travel takes up too much time and this can undermine the longevity and quality of a match.
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 a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is to help him see the world through a different lens so you can inspire him to become something he never thought possible. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning.
Include your little in a family hike, cook a family meal together, play a board game together, check out a sporting event or enjoy an afternoon flying kites at the park. Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters offers donor-supported group activities that are a great way to meet other Families and their Littles. You may also receive notices for free tickets to cultural and sports activities for you both to enjoy.
Once you are matched with your Little Brother or Little Sister, a Match Advisor 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, you will have a Match Advisor there to help. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.
No, Littles have a parent or guardian in their life already. What they need is a Couple or Family match to spend quality time with them.