It all starts with the right role models. And Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama is the place to start a relationship with one. Since 1982, due in large part to private donations, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match and support mentoring relationships that have changed many lives of young people across West Alabama — one Little at a time.
YOU'LL FEEL THE IMPACT AS MUCH AS YOUR CHILD.
A study of Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:
More likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol
Do better in school
Get along Better with family and friends
Feel better about themselves
You know what’s best for your child. So we’ll need your help from the start, providing information about your child’s strengths and needs, and ultimately approving the Big Brother or Big Sister match. But your role doesn’t end there.
Please contact our office at (205) 758-5734 and sign up for our next Parent Orientation to enroll your child. You will learn more about our programs and what we can do to help your child get one step closer to finding their own Big Brother or Big Sister.
Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential Bigs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes:
Completion of a formal written application
Background and reference checks
An in-person interview
An orientation and training process that outlines the individualized needs of your child and provides information and resources on how to encourage your child’s development
Big Brothers Big Sisters also provides child safety tips to you and your child, and we welcome your questions and feedback. Throughout the life of the match, our professional staff will be in ongoing communication with you, your child, and your child’s Big. It’s the best way to build a strong relationship that will have the greatest impact on your child’s future success.