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Welcome to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area

“Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.  Thank you for your interest in our program. On this site, you can find out how our program works, why it is important, and how you can get involved. Whether you’d like to become a Big Brother or Big Sister, a member of our Board of Directors, or a participant in one of our fund-raisers, I invite you to take a look. And then invite your friends!”

Volunteering is fun!  Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things you will ever do.

It’s easy, too. Your Little can join you for the kinds of activities you already like to do, such as:

  • Shooting hoops
  • Playing a board game
  • Sharing a pizza
  • Taking a walk in the park
  • Or just hanging out and talking.

Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in our program, were:

  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 37% less likely to skip a class
  • 33% less likely to hit someone
  • They also found that the Littles were more confident of their performance in schoolwork and getting along better with their families.

Our Programs

MENTORING MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE


We believe that there are three areas in which a Big Brother or Big Sister can have an impact on a child. They are competence, confidence, and caring. Through a 1995 study done by Public/Private Ventures, Inc. it was proven that children who are matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister are:

  • 46% less likely to start using drugs
  • 27% less likely to start using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip a day of school
  • 33% less likely to engage in violent behavior

In addition, participants have shown marked academic improvement, improved attitudes toward school, and better relationships both at home and at school.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentoring services through two programs: the community-based program, and the school-based program.

The community-based program matches volunteers from all walks of life with children ages 6 – 13. Every ‘Big’ must go through a screening process. Although thorough, the process is made quick and convenient for the volunteer. Volunteers are interviewed by BBBS professional staff to get as much information as possible. Children and families, too, are assessed to guarantee the best possible match. Matches are made based on similar interests, personality, background, and geographic location. Professional staff are looking for strengths in a volunteer that will complement the needs of the child. Once a match is made, the ‘Big’ and ‘Little’ spend time doing activities within the community that they both enjoy. They usually spend about 4 – 6 hours per month playing sports, gardening, playing board games, going to movies, or just talking. It is the power of that friendship that becomes a vehicle for change.

The school-based program matches classes of high school students with classes of elementary school students, or adult volunteers from local businesses and organizations with elementary students, on a one-to-one basis in the school setting. More structured than the community based program, the school-based program uses academics as the vehicle to start the relationship and interactive activities to build that friendship. At the end of the school year, successful matches have the option of moving into the community-based program and seeing each other outside of the school setting, or ending the relationship until the next school year. Results have been phenomenal!

As with the community-based program, volunteers in the school-based program must also go through screening and training prior to being matched with a child. They are matched on the same basis – common interests, strengths of the volunteer, needs of the child.

On-going support is provided through Big Brothers Big Sisters professional staff. Each match is assigned to a Program Coordinator who will remain in touch with the match throughout its lifetime. The match may continue until the child no longer needs the services, or the child turns 18 years of age.

Partnerships

COMMUNITY PARTNERING OPPORTUNITIES


Local businesses and organizations can ensure mentoring services will be available in the communities where they do business by becoming a Big Brothers Big Sisters Partner. Partners make an annual contribution at one of the 5 levels:

Pillars of Potential Partner – $7,00

  • Major Sponsorship for Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Scramble  (Four Person Team Included)
  • Gun Raffle Sponsor – Logo on the back of Gun Raffle Tickets
  • A Night to Indulge Table Sponsor – 10 Tickets
  • Golf Ball Drop Sponsor
  • Any New Fundraising Sponsorship option
  • Sponsor one Corporate Mentoring Program
    • Choose Delta, Dickinson or Menominee Mentoring Program
  • Sponsor two community Matches
    • Choose Delta, Dickinson or Menominee Mentoring Program
  • Logo on BBBS Newsletter
  • Website Link

Champion of Potential Partner – $5,000

  • Team Sponsorship for Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf  Scramble
    • Four person golf team for the event and Hole sponsorship
  • Gun Raffle Sponsor
    • Logo on the back of Gun Raffle tickets
  • A Night to Indulge Sponsor
  • Sponsor one Class to Class Mentoring Program
    • Choose Delta, Dickinson or Menominee Mentoring Program
  • Sponsor one Corporate Mentoring Program
    • Choose Delta, Dickinson or Menominee Mentoring Program
  • Sponsor two Community Matches
    • Choose Delta, Dickinson or Menominee Mentoring Program
  • Logo on BBBS Newsletter
  • Website Link

Empowering Potential  $3,000

  • Team Sponsorship for Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf  Scramble
    • Four person golf team for the event and Hole sponsorship
  • Hula for Moolah Sponsor
    • Acknowledgement at Event
  • A Night to Indulge Sponsor
  • Sponsor one Class to Class Mentoring Program
    • Choose Delta, Dickinson or Menominee Mentoring Program
  • Logo on BBBS Newsletter
  • Website Link

Inspirer Maker Partner $1,500

  • Night to Indulge Sponsor
  • Sponsor one Corporate Mentoring Program
    • Choose Delta, Dickinson or Menominee Mentoring Program
  • Sponsor one Community Match
    • Choose Delta, Dickinson or Menominee Mentoring Program

Igniting  Maker Partner $1,000

  • Golf Ball Drop Sponsor
  • Sponsor one Community Match
    • Choose Delta, Dickinson or Menominee Mentoring Program

Supporter of Potential Partner $500

  • Sponsor one Community Match
    • Choose Delta, Dickinson or Menominee Mentoring Program

Ally of Potential  (Personal Gifts) $ ____________

Each level has Media and/or Advertising opportunities, please contact the office for your Corporate Partnership Opportunities Today!

Volunteer Application

General Information

Personal Pronouns: *
Is it okay to text you? *
Home Address *
Home Address
City
State/Province
Zip/Postal
Country
Race/Ethinicity: *
Multi-Race (check all that apply)

Status and Military

Are you a student at this time? *
Do you have current or past military experience? *
Branch:
Component:
Are you retired? *
Are you separated/discharged (other than retired)? *
If retired, separated, or discharged, please check the character of the separation/discharge:

License and Organizations

Possession of a driver's license is required if you will be transporting a program youth in any vehicle you are operating.
Do you have a Vehicle? *
2. Have you ever been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters in a capacity other than a Big Brother or Big Sister? *
3. Have you ever been involved with or volunteered for another youth organization? *
4. Have you ever been denied acceptance or released from service as a volunteer or employee for another Big Brothers Big Sisters program or other youth-serving organization? *
5. Are you interested in learning about additional ways to contribute to the Big Brothers Big Sisters missions? *
If yes, please check all interests that apply.

Reference Information

Please list information for at least three references below including:
1. Your spouse or domestic partner (i.e., if you live with a significant other/partner) OR a
family member, if you do not have a spouse, partner, or significant other);
2. Current or former employer or co-worker you have known for at least one year [or agency
guidelines], or someone from your school if you are a student; AND
3. A friend or neighbor you have known for at least two years.
1st Reference Address: *
1st Reference Address:
City
State/Province
Zip/Postal
Country
2nd Reference Address: *
2nd Reference Address:
City
State/Province
Zip/Postal
Country
3rd Reference Address: *
3rd Reference Address:
City
State/Province
Zip/Postal
Country

Youth Service Organizations

In addition to the references above, Big Brothers Big Sisters requires references from all
youth-serving organizations at which you have worked or volunteered in the past. Please
list additional on a separate page, if needed.
Address:
Address:
City
State/Province
Zip/Postal
Country
I CONSENT TO AND UNDERSTAND THAT:
1) The references and youth serving-organization I listed may be contacted by mail,
telephone, email, or in-person;
2) The information I provided may be used to conduct a background check, to include a
search of public domain records, driving records check, juvenile and adult criminal
history check (see attached authorization), military records, and other records where
required by local, state, or federal law for volunteers working with youth;
3) I am in no way obligated to perform any volunteer services;
4) The BBBS agency is not obligated to match me with a youth and may deny my
application or close my match at any time, and to protect all participants’ confidentiality,
BBBS is not required to disclose reasons for doing so;
5) Other BBBS agencies and youth organizations where I have worked or volunteered may
be contacted as references;
6) As part of the enrollment processes, I will be required to provide additional personal
information, including completion of an in-person interview;
7) I understand that the information I provide in the enrollment process will be kept
confidential, unless disclosure is required by law.
a. I understand that detailed accounts of child abuse or neglect, past or present, will
be reported to proper authorities;
b. I understand that certain relevant information about me will be discussed with the
parent/guardian of a child who is a prospective match (this might include
demographic information, information relevant to parent/child preferences, and
any information relevant to a child’s safety or well-being);

8) It is my responsibility to update the agency if any of the information I provide on this
application, in my interview, or any other information provided during the enrollment
process changes (i.e. address, phone number, auto-insurance, new criminal charges,
etc.).
9) I agree to complete questionnaires throughout my time in the program to evaluate and
improve program services;

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

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10) I agree to timely communication and follow-up with all agency staff as required by the
agency.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY
BEFORE SIGNING THIS APPLICATION
I understand that this is an application for a volunteer opportunity and is not a promise or
commitment by Big Brothers Big Sisters.
I certify that all information I have provided or will provide to Big Brothers Big Sisters, including
this application, is true, accurate, and complete to the best of my knowledge. I certify that I have
and will answer all questions to the best of my ability and that I have not and will not withhold
any information that would affect my application for a volunteer position. I understand that
information contained in my application will be verified by Big Brothers Big Sisters. I understand
that misrepresentations or omissions may be cause for my immediate rejection as an applicant
or my termination as a volunteer.
At any time while involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, I agree to immediately
inform my Big Brothers Big Sisters contact person of any and all infractions, violations, charges,
and convictions related to any civil, domestic, or criminal matters. I understand that BBBS staff
needs to be fully informed to provide the best guidance or support possible.

Contact Us

  • Tiffany Hewitt – 906-241-2396
    • Executive Director
  • Patrick Bradway
    • Program Director 906-241-2121
  • Terri Branstrom
    • School Programs Coordinator 906-399-1519

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area
PO Box 398
Escanaba, MI 49829

For more information about the program, call 906-241-2396.

Our Board of Directors

Nickie Lauerman – President, Self Employed

Allison Dagenais-Watkins, Dagenais Foundation, First Bank

Jacquelyn Trask-Rahn – Vice President, Edward Jones

Tracy Lektzian – UPCAP

Melissa Bonifas-Ness, Secretary

Kyle Closs – First Bank

Mike Dutkavich – Siemens

Menominee/Marinette Advisory Board
Becky Noble
Steve Martin
Dean Furton
Jeanne Albert
Ray Krueger
Andrew Laurin
Karianne Lesperance

Dickinson Advisory Board
Trisha Peterson
Michelle Rexses 
Dawn Smith
Mark Young
Susan Noble
Cindy Weber
Jim Helgren