Support your child.
When it comes to the future of your children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. So it should come as no surprise that we need the parents and guardians of Littles to be involved every step of the way. Parents and guardians will be given frequent check-ins, inclusion in every aspect of the match, and respect.
When applying, not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you’ll also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once matched, you will remain closely involved in many ways, including:
- Approving activities and outings for your child and their Big
- Reporting your child’s progress and milestones to the agency on a regular basis (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay will contact you, but we welcome your feedback any time)
- Asking your child questions about those outings, and sharing what you learn with the agency staff
- Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay staff, and communicating with your child about the training he or she receives
Damien’s broken out of his shyness. He’s putting himself out there, helping kids younger than he is, and he’s even talking about going to college. ‘Mom, I want to go to BC like Stefan.’ They talk all the time. ‘Mommy, can I call Stefan now?’ And I like the connection between them. Stefan even calls me to see how I’m doing."
I think all young people could benefit from mentors. Young boys, especially young boys of color, go through so many issues in how to identify themselves. Being able to identify with another male who has gone through the murky waters of boyhood helps."
I would highly recommend the program. My son and I have only great things to say about the program, staff, Big, and the overall experience. Yes, it’s a bit scary in the beginning, meeting a new person, not knowing how if it’s going to work and all."
“My son’s Big Joe gives Calin another set of ears to talk about things that maybe, for whatever reason, he might not be comfortable to share at home, and I get to know my son better because of it. It gives kids someone they are close to share their thoughts and concerns."