Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County
This is the Snohomish branch of the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Angeline an this website's founder was a little sister, she still maintains a close and supportive relationship with her Big Sister of over 19 years, Shelia.
They partner with parents/guardians volunteers, and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in the program achieving: higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships; avoidance of risky behaviors; and education. There are a variety of specialized programs offered that focus on the particular circumstances of a childs life.
Screening and Training
Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, they work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. They also make sure both the Bigs and staff have the training and resources they need to help Little's on their path to success.
This programs differ from the traditional Little/ Big program as the Big Brothers Big Sisters now offers specialized programs that focus on the particular circumstances of a child's life.
Operation Bigs: Mentoring for Military Children
Operation Bigs focuses on providing mentors for children in military families. Mentoring isn’t parenting. Bigs can’t fill those shoes, and definitely not those boots. Bigs are just here as a little extra support. Bigs who mentor children from military families come from various backgrounds and can be military (active or retired) or civilian volunteers. Just as they do with all matches, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully matches Bigs and Littles for long-term, one-to-one friendships. They also provide support for the mentors, children and families throughout the life of the match. The safety and well-being of all Littles comes first. They take time to match the right Bigs and Littles together. And there is more than one way for them to meet, providing flexibility for the matches.
Bigs in Blue
Bigs in BlueSM is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police in communities throughout our nation, building strong, trusting, lasting relationships. These relationships can help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve.
Although it takes place at schools, the School-Based Mentoring program isn’t limited to the classroom. Of course, some Littles do talk with their Bigs about class, or do homework, or read together, but it’s perfectly fine to shoot hoops in the gym or play on the playground. At the end of the day, it's really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring them to reach their potential.
Amachi Program: Mentoring for Children with Incarcerated Parents
Having a mom or dad in prison can make growing up difficult. Children with an incarcerated parent often need additional support and guidance. Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi program helps broaden their perspectives on what they can achieve in life. The Amachi Program connects children with role models from all walks of life, but particularly those from local religious organizations. Houses of worship and their members can provide a safe, stable environment for children to develop into responsible young men and women.
Could your little one use a Big?
It all starts with the right role models. And Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. For over 100 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 hundreds of thousands of young people across the country — one Little at a time.
Use the following information to turn in your application:
Attn: Suzanne Leavitt
2722 Colby Avenue, Ste. #415, Everett, WA 98201
Fax: (425) 259-2487
All of the information provided on this page including logo comes from the Big Brothers Big Sisters website. & the location images above is from google maps.