Enroll a Little
It’s easy to get involved! If you would like to enroll a child, please follow the steps below:
Please note: Enrollment is now full. Enrollment will be open March 12th and 13th. The link to the Client Eligibility Questionnaire will be found on this page on the dates mentioned.
NOTE: If your youth is between the age of 15-24, please contact our Mentoring Coordinator Querida Quarshie at extension 327 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll in our MPower Youth Mentoring Program.
Parents/legal guardians fill out the online prescreening questionnaire. Those who do not have access to the internet can contact the Enrollment Coordinator by phone.
The purpose of the initial prescreening questionnaire or phone call is to discuss the motivations for having a Big Brother/Sister and assess suitability for the program. If the eligibility criteria is met, the parent/guardian and child will be invited to attend a Parent Information Session. Please note that there is a 4-8 month waiting period before attending the next Parent Information Session/Child Safety Session. This session will be held in a large group where parents/legal guardians will learn about Big Brothers Big Sisters and the commitment involved for all parties. Included is a mandatory Child Safety Training for all involved in BBBSO programs.
Parents/legal guardians and child attend the mandatory session. Applications forms are available after the completion of the session. Please note that we do not offer child care during these sessions therefore please ensure that other children are in care.
Parents/legal guardians and participating child complete a family interview. Please note that this step cannot take place until the completed application has been received by the agency.
The family interview is divided into two sections. The Enrollment Coordinator will meet with the parent(s)/guardian(s) individually and then with the child.
Once all previous steps are completed, the file is reviewed and a decision is made by the agency to accept/not accept the child into the community based program of interest.
Should the child not be accepted into a BBBSO program, the parent/legal guardian will be notified of the decision and will be provided with other appropriate community resources that could be of support to the family.
Children accepted into the Big Brother and Big Sister/Buddy up programs are placed on our waitlist. As many factors go into finding a Big Brother/Big Sister, we cannot estimate how long a child will wait to be matched.