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Could your little one use a big?

It all starts with the right role models. And Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. For over 100 years, due in large part to private donations, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match, and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country.

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Parents

You know what’s best for your child. So we’ll need your help from the start, providing information about your child’s strengths and needs, and ultimately approving the Big Brother or Big Sister match. But your role doesn’t end there.
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Our impact

A study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:
✓ are more confident
✓ are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol
✓ do better in school
✓ get along better with their family and friends
✓ feel better about themselves*
*Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures
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Child safety

Safety from the start

Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential Bigs. Your child's safety is extremely important to us. Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts a thorough background check on every volunteer in our program, and every relationship is closely monitored and supported by a professionally trained match coordinator.

Big Brothers and Sisters National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes:

✓ Completion of a formal written application
✓ Background and reference checks
✓ An in-person interview
✓ An orientation and training process that outlines the individualized needs
of your child and provides information and resources on how to encourage your child's development
September 15, 2022

Enrique Davey Reflects on Hispanic Heritage Month

My name is Enrique, and currently, I am the only Bilingual Match Support Specialist on the team. A personal reason behind applying for this job was to be able to connect with Hispanic families in our community, as I have recently moved to the Greater Chattanooga area. As part of my job, I regularly speak with families who trust us in working alongside them, their kids, and our volunteers. From the start, I noticed that even though there are only a handful of Hispanic families in our Community-Based program, all of them have been part of it for several years, which made me wonder what the reasons behind this were.

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September 6, 2022

Hiring: Enrollment & Matching Specialist

The Enrollment and Matching Specialist position is a full-time position responsible for overseeing and supporting youth, volunteers, and parents/guardians through the Enrollment process. This includes interviewing and assessing to determine eligibility and make appropriate matches. This position reports directly to the Chief Program Officer. This is a hybrid role requiring a blend of virtual and on-site work.This job requires some evening/weekend work in order to be flexible with volunteer/family schedules.

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August 2, 2022

Hiring: Bradley County Program Specialist

The Bradley County Program Specialist is a part-time (30 hours/week) position that works with the Program team to implement all program services within Bradley County. This includes collaboration with local partners and developing new partner relationships to implement services and recruit volunteers. This position is responsible for supporting volunteer mentors and mentees in mentoring relationships including providing ongoing guidance and support to Littles, Parents/Guardians, and Volunteer Bigs on a regular basis. The Program Specialist monitors mentoring interactions and offers insights and advice to ensure child safety, facilitate healthy relationship development and promote positive youth outcomes.

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