What We Do
For more than 40 years, Mid-Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. We make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through 13 throughout East Central Illinois. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people.
Vision: The Mid-Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision is that all children achieve success in life.
Mission: The Mid-Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
What does it take to be a mentor?
Anyone can be a mentor. It is about starting a consistent friendship and inspiring positive change to empower children to believe that they can achieve what they never dreamed possible. You can simply incorporate your Little into your everyday life: play sports together, picnic in the park, take your dog for a walk or go to the park. Being a Big will give you the opportunity to be a force of change in our community. It will also be one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling things you do.
How do Bigs and Littles get matched?
We spend time getting to know Bigs and Littles to make a good match and lasting friendship. Do you both like sports, music or cooking? We look for things you have in common so you will always have fun together. We know the importance of location. There are kids all over East Central Illinois who want a Big Brother or Big Sister. We do our best to make connecting you with your Little as easy and convenient as possible by considering your location preferences. To make the best possible match, we also take into account things such as preferences, personalities and backgrounds. We work hard to make a match that is compatible so your friendship will last a lifetime.