Big Sister FAQs
Before you can start something, you probably need a few questions answered.
- Who are the Big Sisters in the program?
- When can I see my Little Sister?
- How much money should I spend?
- What are some good ideas for outings or activities with my Little Sister?
- Can I bring my spouse, a friend or family member on outings?
- What kind of support can I expect from Big Brothers Big Sisters once I get matched?
Who are the Big Sisters in the program?
Our Big Sisters 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 a young person. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit!
When can I see my Little Sister?
As a Big Sister/Little Sister team, you 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. Our agency staff will provide more guidance on this. Until your relationship is established the outings will also depend on the comfort level of your Little’s parents, your Little and you.
How much money should I spend?
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 her see the world through a different lens so you can inspire her to become something she never thought possible. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. Play a game together, or share that pizza that you were going to have for lunch anyway. Our agency offers donor-supported group activities that are a great way to meet other Bigs and Littles. As a Big Sister, you may also receive notices for free tickets to cultural and sports activities for you both to enjoy.
What are some good ideas for outings with my Little Sister?
Share an activity that gives you something in common to talk about. Go to the library, check out a book and read together. Play a board game. Go on a nature walk. Or hang out and talk about the music you like. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. For children, playing can be learning. Most important: keep it simple and enjoy yourselves!
Can I bring my spouse, a friend or family member on outings?
In the beginning it’s important for you and your Little Sister to get to know each other. This can happen best on a one-to-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for your Little to get to know the people who are important to you. Just keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others, your Little may begin to feel jealous or neglected. The main focus is the friendship you develop with your Little and the impact you have on her life.
What kind of support can I expect from Big Brothers Big Sisters once I get matched?
Once you are matched with your Little Sister, a Match Support Specialist from our staff 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, our Match Support Specialists will be 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.