WE ARE DEFENDERS OF POTENTIAL
Changing the trajectory of the lives of the children in our communities. They are our future leaders. Take a stand with us.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union County, we work with volunteers, parents and families to create one-to-one mentoring relationships that defend, inspire and empower the potential that lives within every kid. We are ready to build the biggest possible future, together.
Mission: Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever; and being a locally credible social justice leader in our community.
Did you have a mentor, role model, or even someone who made even a glimpse of a positive impact on your life? Now is the time to give back!
When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and focus on positive experiences. Today's youth face a variety of challenges and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate their challenges allowing them the opportunity to reach their greatest potential.
CALL TO ACTION
WE NEED MALE MENTORS!!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties currently has over 500 children on our waiting list to be matched with a mentor. Ninety percent of those children are young boys in need of a male mentor. If you know how to ride a bike, visit the library, attend a show, throw a ball, etc. then you or someone you know can be a role model for one of our future leaders. Spread the word, share our website, inform others how they can change the trajectory of a child’s life by just being their mentor for only 4 hours per month!
LEARN MORE- CONTACT
Michele Montanez by email or phone.
Michele.Montanez@bigsandkids.org or (973) 273-6312.
Be a Big
Become an ally to a child in your community. Defend their potential.
Ways to Give
Make a contribution. Every bit helps!
Enroll a Child
Give your child the gift of mentorship!
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.
Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.
When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.
Screening and Training
Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.