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Frequently Asked Questions

We all need people who support and believe in us. The best way to change the world is one life at a time. Becoming a Big Brother, Big Sister or Big Couple gives you the opportunity to make the world a better place by offering a child the life-changing asset of a mentor.

What is a Big Brother or Big Sister?
The role of a Big Brother or Big Sister is to be a mentor, role model and guide for their Little. Just by sharing, caring and being there to encourage your Little, you help them make better life choices, build confidence and succeed in life.

What is your service area and who are the children you serve?
We serve children who live in Montgomery, Miami, Greene and Preble Counties. Our Littles are between the ages of 6 and 18 and come from many different neighborhoods, economic levels, ethnic backgrounds and family structures. Children and parents may hear about us from a teacher, a counselor, their church, or a friend. We serve over 500 children each year.

Do you offer different kinds of mentoring programs and what is the time commitment?
We specialize in one to one mentoring so that you can help your Little have new experiences and see more opportunities for his/her future:

Community-Based Mentoring: Spend time with your Little on the weekend or after school. Activities might include going to the park, watching a movie, trying something new, going to a baseball game or doing arts and crafts. On average, you’ll probably spend 4 to 6 hours a month together for a minimum of one year.

School and Site-Based Mentoring: Spend just 1 hour each week for a minimum of one school year with your Little at their school or after school site. Activities might include playing games, shooting some hoops, or practicing reading or math.

What are the requirements to be a mentor?
All of our mentors must pass a criminal background check, provide three references and be stable and dependable. You don’t have to be brilliant, rich or perfect – our kids need real people as role models.

  • School-based mentors must be at least 18 years of age
  • Community-based must be at least 21 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license and provide proof of auto insurance

Are your programs free?
There is no charge for our services.  In order to recruit, screen, train, match and support mentors, children and parents in our programs, we rely on the support of individuals, businesses, foundations and special events.

The best time is now.
We have terrific kids waiting to be matched with their Big Brother or Sister. If you’ve ever considered becoming a mentor, the best time is now. The need is great, and so are the rewards. Call (937) 220-6853 or email Laura Pegram at lpegram@bbbsmiamivalley.org to learn more and take the first step in our enrollment process.