FIRST: GET INFORMED.
Browse our website and learn about our programs, enrollment process (below) and child/family support. Need more information? Call 262.637.7625 and speak to our Match Specialists who can answer any questions or visit our FAQ under the More tab.
Download our application from our home page, or the Enroll A Child tab. You can also stop by our office on 3131 Taylor Ave, Building 4, Racine WI, 53405 to pick up an application in person. We accept children ages 6-17 into the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Please fill out a separate application for each child that you are enrolling, and return them to the program staff via the instructions on the first page of the application.
Our applications may seem extensive, however we would like to gather all necessary information to get your children enrolled and matched as quickly as possible.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine & Kenosha Counties does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, nationality, gender, or race/ethnicity of our applicants.
THIRD: ATTEND AN INTERVIEW
When your application(s) have been received, a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will sit down with you and the child/children you are enrolling, and have a conversation about your life, family, interests and program expectations.
The interview usually takes about 90 minutes, as we interview both the parent/guardian as well as the child. This in-person interview typically takes place at the applicant's residence. Volunteers go through a similar interviewing process.
Our involvement doesn't end with making your match. You’ll receive information about all our support services and within two weeks you will receive a phone call from your Match Support Specialist, who will be regularly in contact with you, your Little and your Little’s parent/guardian for the length of your match. Always remember, we’re here to help you in any way we can.
In addition to monthly match support contacts, you’ll also receive email updates with free events, donated ticket offers, activity ideas, social opportunities and more. You and your Little can choose to participate in these opportunities or do your own thing – it’s up to you! The only requirements we have are that you get together at least once a month, follow our safety guidelines and touch base with your Match Support Specialist every 30 days during your first year (quarterly thereafter).
NOW, GET STARTED!
We hope you’ll join the Big Brothers Big Sisters family as a volunteer. It’s a fun and rewarding experience that you’ll never forget. Get Started Today! If it’s not the right time for you to volunteer, you can still make a difference by making a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine and Kenosha Counties. Donate online or call 262.637.7625 for more information.
FOURTH: GET MATCHED.
After the in-person interview is completed and careful consideration, we will contact you to talk about a volunteer we think would be a good match with your child. We’ll tell you a little about the volunteer’s background, interests and personality. The volunteer will learn the same things about your child. If you both give the thumbs-up, we’ll schedule a time for you to meet your new Big Brother or Big Sister!
FIFTH: MEET YOUR BIG AND START HAVING FUN!
Meeting your Big for the first time is exciting and you might be a little nervous. Your Big will probably be feeling the exact same way. A Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will be with you to introduce you to your Big at the Little’s home and get things rolling.
At your match meeting you will schedule your first one-on-one outing. We suggest planning low- or no-cost activities for the first few months to set appropriate expectations and put emphasis on building the relationship, not on spending money. There are lots of fun things to do that cost little or no money. We provide activity suggestions at the match meeting, as well as subscribe you and the Big to our monthly Bigs & Littles Newsletter for ongoing information about events in the community.