Operation Bigs Military Mentoring Program
MISSION: change children’s lives
Sometimes the best thing a child can have is someone who can be his or her friend. An adult they can look up to, speak with on a personal level and confide in, and who can help with everyday things. Big Brothers Big Sisters is on a mission to inspire children’s passions and encourage them to achieve success in life.
“… he takes time out of his day to come see me.”
“… this is a way for us to help take care of our own.”
Dominic’s Big Brother, Retired Air Force
“The program gives my son more people to learn good values from.”
Dominic’s Father, Active Air Force
Operation Bigs is a program that provides mentorship for children in military families who deserve our thanks and support. We are here to help strengthen a child’s connection with his or her parents and the community. We respect military core values such as honor, courage and commitment, and are big believers in educational achievement.
Making a difference on the home front
Mentoring isn’t parenting. We can’t fill those shoes, and definitely not those boots. We are just here as a little extra support. Our mentors come from various backgrounds, as they can be military (active or retired) or civilian volunteers.
Backing up the family unit
Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully matches “Bigs” and “Littles” for long-term, one-to-one friendships. We also provide support for the mentors, children and families throughout the life of the match. The safety and well-being of all Littles comes first. We take time to match the right Bigs and Littles together. And there is more than one way for them to meet, providing flexibility for the matches:
- 1 hour a week at a child’s school or after-school program
- 8 hours a month spending time with a child in the community
By volunteering just a little time, most anyone can make a lasting difference and big impact in the community.
Children with mentors are:
✓ 52% less likely to skip school
✓ 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
✓ 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
✓ more confident in schoolwork performance
✓ able to get along better with their families