6/5/20 coronavirus update: AFTER the following safety protocols are met, matches may once again meet in person!
- All parties - Bigs, Littles, and Parent/Guardian must feel comfortable with resuming in-person meetings.
- Bigs interested in resuming in-person outings must contact their Little's parent/guardian to discuss family preferences before meeting a Little in person.
- IF all parties want to proceed, the parent/guardian AND the Big must each contact their Mentoring Specialist before the match meets in person (necessary for step 4).
- Bigs and Parent/Guardians will review and agree to the guidelines within "Mentoring During a Pandemic".
- Resuming in-person meetings is completely optional and we ask all to respect Littles, Bigs, & families who are uncomfortable doing so for any reason. Additional ideas to strengthen your Big-Little friendship:
- Video chat through apps like House Party or Zoom (with parent/guardian approval)
- Call, text or email
- Mail a Care Package
- Take a Virtual Tour online together
- Start a Book Club online
- Play Online Board Games
- Exchange Letters or Postcards
- Host a Netflix Movie Party
- Learn a new Craft or Skill together (remotely!)
- Many other ideas on our Resources webpage!
THANK YOU for your continued partnership. Engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, &/or YouTube to grow our impact for more kids, families, and volunteers. With your help, we can truly become #BiggerTogether!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County
It starts with a Little
Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been enriching children's lives. We match and support youth in 1-to-1 relationships with caring adults to make a Big difference for them and for the community.
Changing Lives for the Better, Forever
Big Brothers Big Sisters changes the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever.
We create and support caring connections in Coralville, Hills, Iowa City, Lone Tree, North Liberty, Oskaloosa, Solon, Tiffin, and West Branch.
Our mentors work with children in the community, elementary schools, secondary schools, and even after-school clubs.
Our decades of experience supporting 1-to-1 mentoring helps us provide individualized and powerful support to our youth, families, and Bigs.
What do we achieve?
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children achieve school success, improve their self-confidence, and avoid risky behaviors such as fighting or trying drugs and alcohol. See the 'Impact' menu at the top of the page for details.
Whom do we serve?
Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to change the lives of children facing adversity between 6 and 18 years of age. Our network of volunteers, donors and supporters comes from all walks of life, all backgrounds, and all experience levels.
What do we do?
Our unique brand of 1-to-1 mentoring succeeds because we not only carefully match a child with a volunteer adult mentor. We also provide ongoing professional support to each youth, family, and mentor throughout the entire match.