Give a Child the Gift of Friendship
All children need caring, supportive adults in their lives in addition to a parent or guardian.
Having a Big is a great way for your child to spend time with an adult friend who can support him or her on the path to a bright, positive future.
A Big will help your child...
Who are Littles?
Littles are children ages 7-17 who will benefit from a friendly, caring, positive adult influence. They are often being raised by a single parent, a grandparent, or other relative. Or they may have a sibling with a special need or an ill family member who requires the extra time and energy of parents
Littles are children whose lives are strengthened by having Bigs.
A Big and Little may enjoy activities such as:
How can the Bigs & Littles program help a child to succeed?
Research confirms that successful one-to-one matches of one year or more have lasting positive effects on children.
A Big will help your child develop into a well-rounded successful individual.
What is the commitment?
Bigs and Littles get together for a few hours at least twice a month for fun individual outings and group activities. Enrolling in the program requires a minimum commitment of one year.
Bigs are carefully screened and trained by Jewish Family Service. Our Bigs are at least 21 years old and are qualified through a screening process involving an application, reference checks, background checks, and interviews.
Connecting your child to a Big can make a difference for a lifetime.