DO something big

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a youth’s future for the better by empowering him or her to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.

Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy it even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.

Volunteering just 2-4 hours per month with a youth can start something amazing – for both you and a Little.

OUR WAIT LIST IS 137 LITTLES TOO LONG.

WHAT DOES A BIG DO?

BIGS SHOW UP.

Just showing up is one of the most important things you can do for a vulnerable youth in your community. Bigs spend 2-4 hours a month with their Little doing all sorts of fun activities – or just hanging out – and stayed matched for a least year… and often much longer! 

BIGS ARE A MENTOR.

Bigs are not a parent or guardian, therapist, counselor, teacher or tutor. A Big is a mentor, role model, and friend – someone who listens, encourages, and defends a youth’s potential. A Big simply has to care about their Little and help them succeed.

BIGS AND LITTLES HAVE FUN!

Bigs and Littles do all sorts of fun things together! Going to the park, catching a movie or game, run errands, or simply hang out. The what isn’t the important part… Littles just need someone to show up for them and support them!

BIGS RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM OUR STAFF.

Bigs are part of the BBBS Southern Lake Michigan family. Our team of professionally trained Match Support Specialist are here for you 24/7 to help you with anything you need to help you and your Little succeed on this adventure together.

YOU HAVE OPTIONS.

BIG BROTHERS & BIG SISTERS

Youth are matched in a one-to-one relationship with an adult, usually of the same gender. Big Brothers and Big Sisters serve as a source of hope, encouragement... and fun!

BIG COUPLES

Many people are looking for opportunities to serve their community alongside their spouse or kids. Our Big Couples and Big Families make a lasting difference in their Littles’ lives—and their own lives are changed as a result!

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

In addition to becoming a Big Brother or Sister or a Big Couple, BBBS Southern Lake Michigan Region offers special programs, such as our Bigs with Badges and Site-Based Programs. Reach out to us for more details about these programs.

THE BIG PROCESS