A lot of really great people volunteer as Big Brothers and Big Sisters in the Twin Cities – more than 2,000, in fact. Bigs carve time out of busy schedules to make a difference to one child. You can find them in schools and on playgrounds, on bleachers and theater seats, walking around lakes and parks – doing whatever it takes to be an additional caring adult in a child’s life.
One a year, BBBS searches out the best of the best – the Big Brother and Big Sister who are truly outstanding volunteers in our program – and names them the Bigs of the Year. Nominations are being accepted now, and we need your help!
If you’re a Little, a parent, a friend or a teacher who has seen a Big in action, and you think their impact has been tremendously positive, please nominate them to be Big of the Year.
To receive this award, a Big must meet the following criteria:
- The Big and Little have been matched for at least two years.
- The Big has helped his/her Little overcome obstacles to achieve positive outcomes. (This may be shown by improved school performance, graduation, avoidance of delinquency, or respect of authority and peers.)
- The Little has shown increased confidence, improved relationships with family and peers, an interest in setting goals for his or her future, and higher personal aspirations.
- The Big has been very involved with BBBS, by recruiting new volunteers, promoting BBBS in the community, supporting fundraising efforts, and advocating for BBBS.
If you have a Big that you would like to nominate, please contact your Match Support Coordinator. You can also email Rob Donahue at firstname.lastname@example.org.