FAQ

What is your agency’s mission?

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children with strong and enduring professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring services in Lubbock and the South Plains area.

 

Why is mentoring important?

Mentors serve as teachers, friends and advocates who provide guidance. Mentors assist children in life choices and expose them to a world they may have never thought possible. Through regular outings, a friendship is developed between the mentor and the child, which is built on trust and common interests and is supported by our experienced agency staff.

 

How does mentoring work?

Mentoring is simple. By spending time together and learning new things a mentor can influence the child in making better life choices.

 

Why choose this program over others?

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the leader in one-to-one mentoring where we create powerful matches based on interests and needs. We recruit, screen and prepare adult role models to become mentors.

 

What kind of kids are matched with volunteers?

Children in our program come from diverse families but they all have one thing in common, they want or need a positive mentor. While the majority of our children are considered to be at risk, it’s important to know that we serve many children who just need a role model in their life.

 

Does Big Brothers Big Sisters have any results to prove the program’s success?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock measures the impact of services by administering a nationally accepted pre- and post-test known as the Youth Outcomes Survey. This survey shows us that our mentoring programs result in proven, positive short-term and long-term outcomes for youth in three main areas: educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors and increased social and emotional well-being.

 

  • Educationally: Children in the program have higher grades, better scholastic competence and a greater desire to graduate from high school and attend college.

 

  • Socially: Children in our program feel more accepted by their peers and better connected to their family. Children are also more likely avoid drugs, alcohol, truancy and altercations.

 

  • Emotionally: Children in our program have greater feelings of self-worth, therefore have more hope and higher aspirations for the future.

 

What is Big Brothers Big Sister of Lubbock greatest need?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock is in need of mentors, particularly male mentors. There are over 100 children currently on the waiting list to be matched to a mentor. Most of these children have already gone through the enrollment process and are just waiting for a mentor to be matched with.

 

Donations are also greatly appreciated. It costs an estimate $1,200 to provide ongoing support per each match. With your help we can provide more children with services and opportunities for success.

 

What are some good ideas for outings?

Share an activity that gives you something in common to talk about. Go to the library, check out a book and read together. Buy a comic book to read together. Play a board game. Go on a nature walk. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. For children, playing can be learning. Most important: keep it simple and enjoy yourselves!

 

What kind of support can I expect from Big Brothers Big Sisters once I get matched?

Once you are matched with a child, a Match Support Specialist will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Any time you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you will have a Match Support Specialist there to help. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.

 

How much money should I spend?

The quality of the time you invest is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is to help the child see the world through a different lens so you can inspire them to become something they never thought possible. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. As a Big, you may also receive notices for free tickets to cultural and sports activities for you both to enjoy.

 

 

 

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Lubbock, TX 79413

(one block south of 34th & Knoxville)

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