3/23/20 coronavirus update:
To prioritize the safety of you and your loved ones, matches are temporarily discouraged from meeting face-to-face, and Community Based events are canceled.
We STRONGLY encourage Bigs and Littles to stay in touch via text, phone, email or apps like Facetime or Google Hangouts.
This is a very important time to stay connected!
It's okay to talk about what's happening with kids. Be accurate and honest, calm and reassuring. A few resources:
COVID-19 Virus Fact Sheet (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention PDF)
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (includes video)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): How To Talk to Your Child (includes audio)
In addition, here are some great learning resources to help kids stay engaged while school is out, courtesy of our friends and partners at 4-H.
Would you and your match like to have a weekly virtual hangout time? A biweekly letter exchange? Something else? Bigs, Littles, and families who plan together, stay together! Let your Mentoring Specialist know if feel overwhelmed or need help; we are here to help your match through challenging times such as these! We can get through this if we all work together!
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.