Big SIBS is one of Community Impact’s founding programs. It provides a unique mentoring opportunity for local youth who, called LITTLES who would benefit from a positive adult role model. Littles, from the Harlem, Washington Heights, and Morningside Heights community are paired with Columbia or Barnard student aka, BIGS who build a big brother/sister relationship; growing together, sharing experiences, and developing trust and friendship giving the Little siblings a stable, ongoing companionship that supports their already complex lives.
Program Hours: Weekly outings are scheduled at the availability of both Little and Big, typically outings are on weekends with monthly group outings.
Volunteer Commitment: A minimum 2-year commitment with weekly outings lasting 3-5 hours.
Note that prospective BIGS undergo an in depth screening process including a submitted application, interview and reference check.
Interested in becoming a volunteer? Email us at email@example.com
Interested in having your child become a part of the program? Email Andrea Summers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.854.2610
- The program is a great thing because you really get to know your Big Sib and we have a lot of fun going on the trips!
~Elaisha Floyd, 11 years old, Little Sib
- When signing up to be a Big SIBS volunteer, I predicted that I would serve as a role model for a young person, but I hadn’t predicted the extent to which my little sister would affect my own perspectives and self-growth… Spending time with (my little sib) rejuvenates my own imagination and pushes me to maintain stable values and self-awareness. Being a Big SIBS volunteer is definitely a transformational experience, and I’ve gained a meaningful relationship that will extend beyond my college years.
~Camille Williams, CC, 2009