Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit

Our mission To make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth, primarily through a professionally-supported One-To-One relationship with a caring adult, and to assist them in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent and caring individuals, by providing committed volunteers, national leadership and standards of excellence.
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Become a "Big"

Based on years of extensive research, Big Brothers Big Sisters requires our volunteers to be capable of the following commitments. Our professional staff members work with volunteers to ensure these commitments can be met by providing coaching, training, and activities to help you develop in your role as a Big. • Commit to a minimum of one year as a Big. • Commit to spending consistent, significant time with your Little each month. • Commit to follow all agency policies, procedures and ground rules. Because child safety is a top priority, we consider violations of policies, procedures, and ground rules to be grounds for match suspension or termination. • All volunteers will be required to provide at least 3 references and will undergo background checks, including criminal history and DMV record checks as well as public domain searches. * Maintain regular communication with Match Support staff, including returning all calls and emails. Failure to maintain contact may result in closure of the match. • Participate in required surveys and assessments related to the match relationship and youth outcomes. • Complete assigned training including an in-person orientation prior to an interview.
  • Academic Support
  • Weekly
  • Friendship/Socialization, Healthy Behaviors
  • Formal
  • Education, Emotional, Job Skills, Social Skills
  • Elementary (5-10), Middle School, High School
  • Same One-to-One
  • Academically at Risk, Differently-abled, First Gen College, Foster Care, Gifted, LGBTQ+, Mental Health
  • Community Center, Volunteer's Choice
  • Adults, Adults (18+), 55+
  • Individuals
  • 1 Full Year, More Than A Year
  • 2+ Hours/Week
  • Moderate
How you help Volunteers are needed at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit to support Big programming, the families of our Littles, fundraising and agency events. There are community volunteer opportunities to contribute to our mission with varying levels of commitment.
About us Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit (BBBSMD) was formed in 1974 with the merger of five local Big Brother Big Sister organizations from throughout metro Detroit, with a focus on Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. We are the largest one-to-one evidence-based mentoring organization in Southeast Michigan serving nearly 1,000 youth annually with site- and community-based mentoring programs. All of our programming is rooted in evidence-based practices, further differentiating BBBSMD from other mentoring programs. Our mentoring model is certified by multiple federal government departments as an “Effective” evidence-based model in realizing positive outcomes for youth.
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