Every week, more than 500 men and women of the Fox Valley Region share their life with their little brother or sister. They may go to the beach, see a movie, or throw a Frisbee around at the park. They talk about life, school, and family. They learn about each other, themselves, and what it means to be a friend.
Who is a Big?
Big Brothers and Big Sisters are all kinds of people -- from high school and college students to business people to retirees -- who volunteer to spend time with children. Bigs sometimes spend as little as one hour each week with their Little. Through this mentoring program, both children and adults share everyday experiences that enrich the lives of all involved.
Who is a Little?
Littles are youths, ages 6 through 11 years old, who come to Big Brothers Big Sisters either through a parent, guardian, or the Big Brothers Big Sisters In Schools program from the recommendation of a teacher. Littles are from single or two-parent homes and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. The genesis of a match is that a parent, guardian, or teacher believes that a child could benefit from the presence of an additional caring adult in his/her life. The parent or guardian gives permission for the child to participate.