So many ways to get started

Looking to get involved? Whether you’re interested in enrolling your child, donating, or stepping up as a Big, Big Brothers Big Sisters offers several types of programs in our community.

Programs

BIG MEETS LITTLE

Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved with them, is possible because of donations from people like you. It’s also why we’re able to offer such a wide variety of youth mentoring programs that pair children, ages 6 to 14, with role models in one-to-one relationships.

Core programs

Site - Based Programs

Our Bigs come from diverse backgrounds just like our Littles. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills. You just have to want to positively impact a young person. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit.

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Community - Based Programs

Our Bigs come from diverse backgrounds just like our Littles. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills. You just have to want to positively impact a young person. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit.

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Special programs

Bigs In Blue

Bigs in Blue is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police in communities throughout our nation, building strong, trusting, lasting relationships. These relationships can help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve.

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UTC Bigs

UTC Bigs is an organization on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga that provides students with an opportunity to positively impact the youth of our community through an affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga.

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Beyond school walls

Our Bigs come from diverse backgrounds just like our Littles. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills. You just have to want to positively impact a young person. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit.

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67% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big played a role in their decision to attend college.

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Start a college grad. 67% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big played a role in their decision to attend college.

Programs

How a big becomes a big and a little, a little.

Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through an extensive background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, fruitful friendships. It’s also important to note that the entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can’t do what we do best without them! What’s a Big and Little to do? Each match is unique. Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy.

For Example:

✓ Playing catch
✓ Reading books
✓Getting ice cream
✓Going to a museum
✓Providing advice and inspiration

April 27, 2022

Hiring: Match Support Specialist: Check out the Job Posting below!

The Match Support Specialist is a full-time position responsible for match support for youth, parents/guardians and volunteer mentors. This position provides ongoing guidance and support to Littles, Parents/Guardians, and Volunteer Bigs on a regular basis. Match Support Specialists monitor mentoring interactions and offer insights and advice to ensure child safety, facilitate healthy relationship development and promote positive youth outcomes. This position reports directly to the ProgramManager. This is a hybrid role requiring a blend of virtual and on-site work.

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March 21, 2022

Hiring: Bilingual Program Manager, Check out the Job Posting below!

The Program Manager is a full-time position that works with the Chief Program Officer to provide exceptional leadership to the Match Support team. This includes providing guidance on how to deliver quality customer service and match support to volunteers, youth, and their families during their match period. This position collaborates with the Program Leadership Team and provides input on strategic planning, continuous improvement, and other needs that add value to the overall success of the agency. Responsible for ensuring that programming is consistent with the agency’s mission, policies, and procedures and aligns with BBBSA’s National Standards and the strategic goals for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga. This position reports directly to the Chief Program Officer and supervises a team of 5. This position has an ideal start date of 6/1/22.

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March 9, 2022

Hiring: Enrollment & Matching Specialist, Check out the Job Posting below!

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 Enrollment and Recruitment Manager. 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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