Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States. Trained professionals recruit, screen, match and support caring, adult mentors (Bigs) and mentees (Littles) in one-to-one mentoring relationships. These relationships have documented positive outcomes for Littles and can be equally life-changing for the Bigs. The Northwest Arkansas agency has three programs needing volunteers.
- Community-based: Meet with your Little 2-4 times per month for at least one year. Bake cookies, go to baseball games, watch movies and whatever else you and your Little enjoy together.
- Site-based: Meet with your Little once a week at their school, either over the lunch/recess hour or during their after-school program for at least 3 semesters. Partnerships with the following Fayetteville schools: Leverett Elementary, Owl Creek School and Washington Elementary.
- Dream B.I.G.: In partnership with the Volunteer Action Center where Big Sisters from the university are paired with Little Sisters from J.O. Kelly Middle School in Springdale in this girl empowerment program. Enrollment is at the beginning of each fall semester. Contact the Volunteer Action Center for more information.
- Lemonade Day: In partnership with Leadership Walton, where children in Northwest Arkansas learn how to plan, market and build their own Lemonade Stand business. All lemonade stands set up throughout the region on the first Saturday in May. Leadership Walton students teach the curriculum to participating students at their schools prior to the event and then become judges on the day of the event. Contact Leadership Walton for more information.