Big Brothers Big Sisters has served the Sioux Falls community since 1994, providing mentoring services to youth and new mothers. Big Brothers Big Sisters works to help boys, girls and new mothers achieve their potential through positive adult relationships. A volunteer does not need any special skills to be a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or Mentor Mom. They only need to be interested in sharing special moments with a child or new mom. Just by sharing experiences, celebrating accomplishments, and listening, a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or Mentor Mom can make a difference in the life of a child.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire seeks to transform communities, through quality mentors and professional services, which assist youth and young mothers in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent and caring individuals.
Who Can Become A Mentor
Individuals: Men & Women
Who Do We Serve
Core BBBS Community-based Mentoring
Youth ages 7 to 14 who have needs appropriate for volunteer intervention and who will benefit from a one-to-one friendship with a positive adult. Most live with a single parent home. Occasionally, under special circumstances, youth are from two parent homes. If receiving counseling, the counselor will be contacted. Mentors must be 16 years old and be willing to commit to a minimum of 2 to 4 hours each month with a child.
New mothers, who are at least 13 years old, pregnant or parenting a young child under the age of 5, who wish to have the friendship and support of a more experienced mother. Mentors must be 25 years old and a mother themselves.
Native American Scholars (NAS)
NAS matches youth ages 7 to 18 with an adult mentor who must be 18 years old. NAS connects caring, consistent aduls with Native American students. The goal is for these students to have the courage and confidence to improve their education, embrace their culture and become responsible adults. Mentors must spend 2 to 4 hours each month with the child and one visit per month must be made at school. Mentors will receive additional training and support.
AMACHI (Faith-based mentoring of children with an incarcerated parent)
Amachi matches persons of faith with a child ages 7-14, who has an incarcerated parent.