Support your child.
When it comes to the future of your children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. So it should come as no surprise that we need the parents and guardians of Littles to be involved every step of the way. Parents and guardians will be given frequent check-ins, inclusion in every aspect of the match, and respect.
When applying, not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you’ll also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once matched, you will remain closely involved in many ways, including:
- Approving activities and outings for your child and their Big
- Reporting your child’s progress and milestones to the agency on a regular basis (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts will contact you, but we welcome your feedback any time)
- Asking your child questions about those outings, and sharing what you learn with the agency staff
- Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts staff, and communicating with your child about the training he or she receives
At no time in our enrollment, matching, or support processes do we ask families about their or their child’s immigration status. Therefore we do not gather information that we could or would pass on to any other agencies about this status in your life.
If you or anyone in your match chooses to share this information with us, that may be recorded in our match notes as part of our regular match support process. Match information in our match records is confidential to our agency, as per our confidentiality policy, and would only be shared externally in the event we are subpoenaed.
En ningún momento durante nuestros procesos de inscripción, emparejamiento, o apoyo preguntamos a las familias sobre su estado migratorio o el de sus hijos/as. Por lo tanto, no recopilamos información que podamos entregar a otras agencias sobre este estado en su vida.
Si usted o alguien en su emparejamiento elige compartir esta información con nosotros, la información compartida registrada en nuestras notas de emparejamiento como parte de nuestro proceso regular de apoyo. La información de emparejamiento en nuestros registros es confidencial para nuestra agencia, de acuerdo con nuestra política de confidencialidad, y solo sería compartida externamente en el caso de ser citados.
Damien’s broken out of his shyness. He’s putting himself out there, helping kids younger than he is, and he’s even talking about going to college. ‘Mom, I want to go to BC like Stefan.’ They talk all the time. ‘Mommy, can I call Stefan now?’ And I like the connection between them. Stefan even calls me to see how I’m doing."
I think all young people could benefit from mentors. Young boys, especially young boys of color, go through so many issues in how to identify themselves. Being able to identify with another male who has gone through the murky waters of boyhood helps."
I would highly recommend the program. My son and I have only great things to say about the program, staff, Big, and the overall experience. Yes, it’s a bit scary in the beginning, meeting a new person, not knowing how if it’s going to work and all."
“My son’s Big Joe gives Calin another set of ears to talk about things that maybe, for whatever reason, he might not be comfortable to share at home, and I get to know my son better because of it. It gives kids someone they are close to share their thoughts and concerns."
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