Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma offers several types of programs in communities
Big meets Little.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved with them, is possible because of donations from people like you. It’s also why we’re able to offer such a wide variety of programs that pair children, ages 6 through 18, with role models in one-to-one relationships.
- African-American Mentoring
- Hispanic Mentoring
- Native American Mentoring
- Mentoring Military Children
- Children of Incarcerated Parents
- Community-Based Mentoring
- Site-Based Mentoring
How a Big becomes a Big—and a Little, a Little.
Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through an extensive background check and careful interview process. This includes a $30 donation intended to offset the costs associated with the enrollment process. This donation is tax deductible. Next, we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, fruitful friendships. It’s also important to note that the entire matching process is made possible through donations—it costs us about $1,650 a year to make and support a match. But research shows the return on investment is BIG!
What’s a Big and Little to do?
Each match is unique. Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy. For example:
- Playing catch
- Reading books
- Getting ice cream
- Going to a museum
- Providing advice and inspiration
For more information about our programs, please contact us at 918-576-6400.