Apply to Get a Big

Arm your child with another caring adult and continue to help set them on the path to success.

Apply to Get a Big

Arm your child with another caring adult and continue to help set them on the path to success.

Is my child eligible?

Below are the eligibility requirements for a child to participate as a Little in BBBSC’s Community-based or Sports Buddies programs. Youth in BBBSC’s mentor2.0 program attend one of our partner schools.

Youth must be between the ages of 9-13 at the time of enrollment.
Youth can stay in the program until the age of 18 should their match last that long. However, at the time of application they must be in the 9-13 age bracket.

We prioritize youth who are from a single-parent household, kinship care, or are from a nontraditional household.
Youth who have an absent parent in their lives (may see them infrequently or just a few times a year) are our priority when matching them with a mentor. Do you think a child may benefit from a mentor but  does not meet this qualification? Please complete an application and we will work you to determine eligibility.

Youth are low-income or facing adversity.
We determine this by whether they receive free or reduced lunch at school. Should a youth meet other requirements but does not qualify for free or reduced lunch, you may contact us at the email or phone number below to discuss the  circumstances and see if an exception can be made.

Youth and family are interested in participating in the program.
Not only is your child’s participation and interest key in a successful match, so is the family's commitment to the program.

Youth who are in the right place to start the program.
We know families have a lot going on, and we also know our most successful matches are with those families who are in a relatively stable environment. If a child has recently suffered a loss or trauma, or the family is currently dealing with a crisis, we may need to refer a family to other services before introducing a mentor into their lives. Feel free to discuss a family's situation with us before referring them to the program to determine if it is a good time.

Responding to COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, youth mentoring is more important than ever. Youth - especially those eligible for BBBSC's programs - are currently facing significant disturbance in their educational and social experiences. During this time of limited social interaction, adding a positive mentor into your child’s support network can be incredibly valuable.

Since the pandemic started, many existing matches have stayed connected and strengthened their relationships virtually. More recently, if all parties of the match agree to the program’s physical distancing and risk reduction expectations, BBBSC has supported them as they resume in-person activities.

Following Colorado and CDC public health guidelines, these options may change. The BBBSC staff remain committed to helping mentoring relationships thrive. While things may look a little different during a pandemic, BBBSC’s work to foster meaningful relationships to produce positive youth outcomes remains vital.

Questions? In Denver metro area, contact Tara Stiner at TaraS@biglittlecolorado.org or 720-460-6868. In Colorado Springs area, contact Kristian DePue at KristianD@biglittlecolorado.org or 719-252-9578