Orientation, interview, and match
Meet your Big
Receive ongoing support
1. Get informed
After you’ve browsed our website, please call us if you have any questions about the process, or whether this program would be a good fit for your child: (262) 637-7625
Applicants must be between 6-18 years-old.
2. Apply online
Fill out the interest form or application online.
On the online application, we ask for demographic information and assess your interest in enrolling your child.
Big Brothers Big Sisters does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, physical condition, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.
A staff member will reach out to you to schedule a virtual or in-person interview for you and your child and will send you the orientation guide.
3. Orientation, interview, and match
At the beginning of the interview, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the program. A staff member will conduct an interview to get to know you better; this allows the agency to make a match that takes into account your child’s interests, background, and personality.
After the interview, the staff member will go over the pre-match guide, which essentially covers agency policies, procedures, and other important information.
Once the agency has made a final recommendation for acceptance, your child becomes a Little, ready to be matched. The agency will use information you and your child provide to recommend a Big. You will receive a call and email outlining the recommended Big’s profile to make a final decision to accept the match.
4. Meet your Big
For all Community-Based Matches, staff will schedule a time for you and your child to meet your child’s Big. This is your chance to start getting to know each other in a supported environment. During this introduction, you will also schedule your child’s first outing with his or her Big. School-based introductions take place during the designated program time in a supervised setting and includes the Big, Little, staff, and other matches at that specific program.
5. Receive ongoing support
Once you approve your child’s Big, you will be free to move forward with the mentoring relationship. For community-based mentoring, this means making plans with your child’s Big to meet in the community. For school-based mentoring, your child’s Big will go to your child’s school on a regular basis.
Staff will provide ongoing support to make sure the relationship continues in a positive manner; these contacts are made mostly by phone or in person. When talking to staff, feel free to share your child’s successes! It is also important to voice any concerns you may have to allow staff to make recommendations or take action to fix any issues; this allows for a lasting, fun, and impactful relationship between you, your child, and your child’s Big.