Programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters has no stipulation on the children who enroll in our programs.  Whether they come from a 2 parent household, single parent household, grandparents, etc. they are welcome to our program. Children who are struggling with academics, peer relations, socialization skills, or just need some one-on-one time could benefit from connecting with a mentor. 

Community Based Mentoring 

All CB matches spend a minimum of 4 hours a month together doing anything that interests them.  Each match is assigned a BBBS Case Manager who will reach out once a month to the Big, Little, and Parent/Guardian to help identify areas of growth, inform the match of events, and to be there for any questions that arise during the match.

Types of CB matches includes:

School Based Mentoring at USD 306 & 307  

Southeast of Saline Program

Bigs: 9th-12th Grade   Littles: 2nd-6th Grade

Bigs & Littles, who attend Southeast of Saline, meet once a week.  During this time, Bigs can visit the Littles in the classroom, attend recess, and eat lunch with their Littles.  SES Bigs do have a month meeting to participate in trainings, talk about Big/Little events, and allows Bigs to ask questions from their peers and BBBS Case Manager.  BBBS Case Manager is assigned to each match to answer any questions and to help identify areas of growth in the Little. 

Ell-Saline Program

Bigs: 9th-12th Grade   Littles: 2nd-6th Grade

Bigs & Littles, who attend Ell-Saline schools, meet twice a month for 1 hour each time. During there time together, Bigs help Littles with their school work, play games, and build that one-on-one connection.  USD 307 does shuttle Bigs to and from the Elementary School for meetings.  Each match is assigned a BBBS Case Manager to contact with any questions and also helps identify areas of growth for the Little.

Bigs In Blue 

This program connects youth with law enforcement in our community. They build strong, trusting, long lasting relationships.  These relationships help children develop into confident adults and build a stronger bond between law enforcement and the families they serve.  Bigs can visit the Littles at school, bring them to BBBS activities, and do things in the community together.

Pen Pal Program

Our agency has partnered with Kansas Wesleyan University Football Team to build  a program that allows our wait list children to become Pen Pals with a KWU Football Player.  

Becoming A Big

To BECOME A BIG it starts with submitting an Inquiry/Application. From there the BBBS Enrollment Specialists will be in contact with you to set up an orientation/interview. From there they run background checks and calls your references.  Once accepted to become a Big, it is time to pick a Little. Our team gets to know you and your interests and finds the best possible match for you.  Once a Big and Little are assigned, we host a Match Meeting where Big, Little, and Parent/Guardian are introduced. From there it is completely up to the Match to decide what activities they would like to do together. 

Enrolling your Little

To Enroll Your Little you start with submitting an Inquiry/Application. From there the BBBS Enrollment Specialists will be in contact with you to set up an interview with you (parent/guardian) and the child. Once the interview is completed, the child will be placed on our wait list, where they wait for the perfect Big to come along.  While on the Wait list, the Littles are more than welcome to come to all of our BBBS events with a parent/guardian. P/G will also receive our monthly newsletter to be informed on what BBBS has going on each month.