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The potential to grow into amazing grownups. The potential to create, lead, and thrive. The potential to do big things. Every child has potential. And every child could benefit from another mentor and friend to ignite it.

When you volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan, you can be that spark. Sign up as a Big and you can help a child (Little) fully realize the potential they’ve had all along.

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Everyday activities can mean everything

Mentor a child on your own or with your partner, as a Big Couple. You and your Little can share everyday activities you already enjoy. Play a game or sport. Go on a hike. Read or draw. Visit a park or museum. Or just listen and nurture their inspiration. The opportunities to make a big impact are limited only by your imagination.

Bigs and Littles meet in person for two hours twice a month for a minimum of one year.

Making a meaningful match

Finding a match that’s successful for both mentors and mentees is important. That’s why we make sure Bigs share common interests with Littles, so the foundation for their friendship is already in place. We call this “intentional matching,” and it’s a big part of what makes our approach special.

Each Big and Little is assigned a Mentoring Relationship Specialist, who checks in, provides consistent coaching and support for the entire friendship.

Ready to get started? The first step to a match is completing our online application. You can also learn more about our enrollment process on our blog.

Ways to get Involved

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Community Mentoring

This is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters friendship, where Bigs and Littles get together on their own to share activities and experiences they both enjoy.

Big Pride

Are you LGBTQIATS+? Get matched with and help ignite the potential of a Little (age 6 to 16) who is also LGBTQIATS+. Big Pride is a special collaboration between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan, OutFront Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek Pride.

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High School Bigs

This unique program takes place at elementary schools, matching high school student mentors (Bigs) with elementary school student mentees (Littles). Littles benefit from having a Big, and High School Bigs benefit by developing their social, leadership, and future career skills.

Our high school partners
  • Gull Lake High School
  • Parchment High School
  • Portage Northern High School
  • Schoolcraft High School

Partnerships

Partnerships make our mission possible. Partners and sponsors support us through…

  • Philanthropic gifts that drive growth
  • Employee-centric volunteer or donor partnerships
  • Collaborations that strengthen our community and commitment to serving individuals and families
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Use your skills in a big way

You don’t have to be a Big to make a big difference. Whether you’re a photographer, painter, writer, or good with numbers, sharing your talent can help further our mission. Or, consider serving on one of our committees, alongside like-minded individuals, to help steer and support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan.