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Programs

So Many Ways to Get Started

Looking to get involved? Whether you’re interested in enrolling your child, donating, or stepping up as a Big, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio offers several types of programs. 

Changing Lives for the Better, Forever

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to change the lives of children for the better, forever. We operate in both urban and rural communities. Our mentors work with children in the community, in their schools, and many places in between.

Our unique brand of one-to-one mentoring has a Big Impact

What do we acheive?

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children achieve success in school, helps them avoid risky behaviors such as getting into fights and trying drugs and alcohol, and helps them improve their self-confidence

Who do we serve?

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to change the lives of youth ages 5-21. Our network of volunteers, donors and supporters come from all walks of live, all backgrounds and all corners of the area. 

What do we do?

Our unique brand of one-to-one mentoring, in which a child is carefully matched with a caring adult mentor in a relationship supported by professional Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members, helps kids reach their biggest possible futures.

Planned Giving

Making a planned gift in support of big brothers big sisters of Central Ohio reflects your commitment to defending the potential of the youth we serve by creating strong, enduring relationships

A gift for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio in your will or by beneficiary designation will carry on your passion for ensuring the continuation of our landmark mentoring programs and creates your own legacy of support. Planned giving also offers significant advantages, including tax breaks and a potential income increase

Have Questions?

I’m Here to help.
Tel: 614.839.2447 x121
Email: rlove@bbbscentralohio.org

Monthly Giving

Invest Monthly in Defending Potential

Ready to be a part of something bigger than yourself?
Match Makers is a monthly giving program with 100% of every dollar going directly toward defending the potential of a child.
You’re making a difference, every single month.

Make a one-time donation in support of local youth and their families.

Your Monthly Gift Empowers Resilience

Thousands of young people find knowledge, support, and community through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Each month, your investment drives initiatives like: 

Professionally Supported Programs

A professional staff member who offers a variety of relationship building activities is there to answer questions for program participants every step of the way.

Digital Resources

We provide Bigs and Littles with on demand tools that help them build a strong one-to-one relationship that improves educational involvement, enhances social-emotional learning, and helps kids thrive.

Community Support

Through our partners, we connect families with the resources they need to feel supported and manage the ups and downs of everyday life.

Why Give Monthly

Whatever your monthly gift, it accumulates to equip more kids with a caring adult role model in their corner.

Sustained donations enable us to strategically engage and innovate.

Your commitment brings you closer to our work through exclusive updates on our progress and your impact

A child’s life situation can change, but month after month, your gift can provide them resources when and where they need them.

Become a monthly donor today

Gifts that Pay You Income

Gifts that Pay you Income

You can ignite and defend the potential of the youth of Central Ohio while creating reliable retirement income by establishing a charitable gift annuity to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.

If you’re considering this kind of gift, we recomment you consult with your financial advisor. 

You can ensure our landmark mentoring programs will continue while creating reliable retirement income by establishing a charitable gift annuity to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.

How it works
  • You make a gift of at least $20,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.
  • You receive fixed payments for life, at an attractive payment rate.
  • Your gift benefits you now and carries on your passion for defending potential for years to come.
How you Benefit
  • Your payment will never change, and payment rates can go as high as 9%, depending on your age (must be 55 or older).
  • Gift annuities are an ideal way to provide financial security for you and a loved one.
  • You may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize.
  • You may avoid some capital gains tax when you use appreciated stock to fund your gift annuity.
  • You can convert a low yielding asset (like bank deposits, securities, etc.) into reliable payments at a more attractive rate.
    • Example

You can earn income for yourself or a loved one while supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio's mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. 

You can realize a significant benefit by transferring property to a trust that will eventually be a charitable gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. 

Benefits include:

  • A gift that is made during your lifetime or created through your will. 
  • Tax savings realized with a charitable gift receipt.
  • Gifting over time when permissable.
  • Ensures your assets are distributed as you intended
  • Potential for favorable tax treatment of certain capital gains property.

Refer a Friend

Refer a Friend

At a time when not much seems certain about the world, having a Big can make all the difference for local youth.
Right now, we have hundreds of Littles waiting for a Big like you to help them navigate their new normal.

Research shows that volunteers who were referred to our program
by their friends are more likely to have long, impactful matches.
Help us get the word out about our need for Bigs by referring your friends to volunteer.

Here's How You Can Help

Follow us on Facebook

  • One of my favorite activities each week is volunteering one hour with @BBBSCentralOH. Working with my brilliant and fun Little never fails to brighten my day. I encourage everyone to join me!
  • Volunteering with @BBBSCentralOH has been a transformative experience. I invite all of my friends and family to step up and defend the potential of a local child.
  • Today (Little’s first name) and I went to the Columbus Zoo! (Share a funny quote, memory, etc.). Thanks (tag) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio for the free tickets!
  • As many of you know, I’ve been a Big Brother/Sister for the past ___ months/years. If anyone has ever thought about it, please let me know. It’s been a great experience so far and I’d love to help more Littles like __________ get a Big.
  • Are you interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister? Let me know! They are always looking for Bigs and I’d love to help another kid like my Little Brother/Sister _________, reach their biggest possible future.
  • With the right mentor, Littles discover new hobbies and passions. Join me in defending potential. Become a mentor today at bit.ly/defendpotentialtoday.
  • Did you know you can defend potential right from home? My Little and I had a meaningful conversation without leaving our couches. Become a Big today at bit.ly/defendpotentialtoday
  • Post stories of your experiences so all your friends can see in real-time what it’s like to be a Big. Share a video of what you’re doing

Follow us on Twitter

  • The hour I get to interact with my Little is the highlight of my week. Make time in your schedule to be a Big. https://bit.ly/defendpotentialtoday
  • More than 200 students across 23 schools are empowered by the @BBBSCentralOH School-based mentoring program. I volunteer because ………. Join me
  • Had an awesome time with my @BBBSCentralOH Little Brother/Sister _________ today. We got to go to his/her first play together!
  • Had a great time with _________ today. Do you have time in your day to defend the potential of a local youth?
  • Being a @BBBSCentralOH Big has been (share your experience). You could make a difference too.

Follow us on Instagram

  • Today (Little’s first name) and I went to the Columbus Zoo! (Share a funny quote, memory, etc.). Thanks (tag) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio for the free tickets!
  • As many of you know, I’ve been a Big Brother/Sister for the past ___ months/years. If anyone has ever thought about it, please let me know. It’s been a great experience so far and I’d love to help more Littles like __________ get a Big.
  • Are you interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister? Let me know! They are always looking for Bigs and I’d love to help another kid like my Little Brother/Sister _________, reach their biggest possible future.
  • Defender of potential. Giver of good advice, Friend. You’re all these things to me which is why I think you’d be a great Big. ( Tag a friend you think would make a great Big)
  • Post stories of your experiences so all your friends can see in real-time what it’s like to be a Big. Share a video of what you’re doing

Hi _________,

Just wanted to follow up with you on our previous conversation about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. I really think you’d have a lot of fun and you’d be a great fit. Let me know if you want more info and I can get you in touch with the right people.

-Your Name

 

Hey _________,

As you know, I’ve been a Big Brother/Sister for [insert length of time] now, and they are looking for more Bigs to volunteer. I really think you’d have a lot of fun. [Insert Info about your Little and how you have liked the program so far].

Let me know if you want any more info about it or have any questions. Their website has a lot of good info too. Check it out https://www.bbbscentralohio.org/volunteer/

Sincerely,

-Your Name

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Big Futures

What is Big Futures?

In Big Futures, we provide support and resources to high school aged Littles as they work towards graduation. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio partners with community businesses and organizations to promote career and college readiness for Littles and their families as they explore post-graduation opportunities.

2020-2021 Big Futures Program Opportunities

  • ‘Welcome to Big Futures’ annual August orientation event for incoming 9th grade matches and families
  • Quarterly Mentor Cafes
  • Big/Little Camp Weekends
  • Access to week-long Life Skills Summer Camp
  • College campus visits
  • Annual combined military information night
  • Laptops and Tech Training
  • OnTrack program access
  • Expanding Visions Foundation Career Institutes
  • Paid Summer Internship opportunities
  • Ohio Workforce Readiness Seal
  • ‘Bridging to the Future’ annual end of the year celebration for Senior students, Bigs and families
  • Intentional, increased communication and guidance for matches working toward individualized goals and plans. 

Help Empower Big Futures

Interested in sponsoring or partnering with Big Futures?

Contact Ryan Love, Vice President of Resource Development at rlove@bbbscentralohio.org to learn more about available opportunities.

Thank You to Our Big Futures Sponsors & Partners

Ways to Give

Ways to Give

When you donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters, you invest in a child’s future by ensuring they are matched with a caring adult mentor who will help them reach their biggest possible future.
Your gift will have a lasting impact for generations to come.

Give today in one of the following ways:

Make a One-Time Gift

Your gift defends the potential inherent in each child.

Monthly Giving

When you join our program, you increase your impact through ongoing monthly support.

Plan Your Legacy

Extend your legacy by making a planned gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Your gift ensures the continuation of our landmark mentoring programs and creates your own legacy of support. Planned giving also offers significant advantages, including tax breaks and a potential income increase.

If you’re considering making Big Brothers Big Sisters part of your trust, bequest, or endowment,
please contact Ryan Love at rlove@bbbscentralohio.org or 614-839-2447 ext. 121

Legal Notice:  This information is not intended as tax or legal advice. For more information about estate planning and making a planned gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, we encourage you to consult with your legal and financial advisors. Laws and regulations governing all gifts and availability of certain life income gifts vary by state.

Community Based

Community-Based Match Update

While we strongly encourage matches to continue meeting virtually, beginning July 1st Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio is once again permitting in-person visits between Bigs and Littles under specific guidelines. All Bigs, Littles, and Parents/Guardians will receive a copy of the guidelines and are required to sign off on them prior to any in-person match activities.

You can find and sign a copy of the guidelines online at https://bit.ly/inpersonguidelines. You can also download a copy here  (Spanish version) or request a printed copy to sign and return from your Match Support Specialist.

If you are uncomfortable with meeting in-person, you can continue to visit our activity toolkit for suggestions on fun and creative ways to connect.

Job Opportunities

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio helps children realize their potential and build their futures.
We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.
As a part of a team that is 100 + strong, you can have an impact on the lives of youth across central Ohio.

Here are our available Opportunities

                                 CFO                  Director of Camp Oty’Okwa                  Director of Mentor                     Environmental Educator – Full Time

                                 Environmental Educator – Part Time         Manager of Training and Program Quality                Match Support Specialist

                                 VP of Mission and Engagement                                     Big Future Match Support Specialist – Delaware and Union County
                                  
                                 
Big Future Match Support Specialist – Franklin County

Check back soon for new opportunities

DEI

Our Commitment to DEI

Together we affirm that every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to creating and cultivating a safe environment where all individuals feel respected and valued equally. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory and anti-racist approach and are committed to dismantling any inequities within our policies, systems, programs and services. 

Our Statement

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is an integral part of our values and mission.  We recognize, affirm, and celebrate the diverse backgrounds, lives, and experiences of all of our stakeholders, including youth, families, donors, volunteers, and staff. We ensure the opportunity for all voices and perspectives to be heard and honored. In the workplace, we foster an environment where all people can be their best selves. We affirm that every person [regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, marital or veteran status] has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We strive to realize the full potential that is within all of us by ensuring that all voices and perspectives are heard and honored.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio believes a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization is one where all employees, volunteers, youth, and families, whatever their race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, income, or health condition feels valued and respected. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

Find training and educational resources below:

The term microaggression is thrown around a lot lately, but what does it mean? Microaggressions are typically categorized as unintended slights towards a person of a different race, gender, orientation, etc. They can seem like small, off-hand comments, but in reality are offensive and have damaging consequences for the person that hears them. They are borne from an historical issue of systemic and institutionalized racism and underlie greater racial tensions. Microaggressions happen so frequently, they are a daily​ occurrence for people of marginalized communities. Examples:

  • "When I look at you, I don't see race." or "I don't see color. I'm color-blind." This disregards the person's identity, experiences, and historical inequities/injustices.
  • "Where are you from?""What are you?", or "Your name isn't American." This labels the person as "other", implying they do not belong.
  • "Can I touch your hair?" or "You look so exotic." This objectifies the person and can make them feel powerless, taking away autonomy they have over their own body.
  • "You're great at science for a girl." This implies that females are not successful at STEM careers."
  • "You don't act black." or "You don't look gay." This indicates that there is some "box" that all people of color or those in the LGBTQ community must align with.
People in marginalized populations experience microaggressions constantly. Overtime, these repeated, veiled insults wear on a person and break them down. Victims of microaggressions tend to internalize these messages and often think to themselves "did I hear that person correctly? Am I crazy? Am I being too sensitive? Maybe it's just me." This is a very common reaction to microaggressions. However, you are not alone. It is not okay. And it is a problem. If you experience a microaggression, know that you are not alone, reach out to your support system to discuss your feelings, contact an ally, and be sure to practice self-care.

An implicit bias is the unconscious attribution of particular qualities and characteristics (both favorable and unfavorable) to a certain social group or status. Implicit biases are typically formed through experiences or learned associations. These attitudes and stereotypes affect our understanding, actions, and decisions towards these groups in an unconscious manner.

Implicit biases are hidden from the person experiencing them, thus are activated involuntarily without the person's awareness or control. These biases cause us to have feelings and attitudes about other people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, and appearance.

Implicit biases are pervasive -- everyone has them -- but they do not necessarily line up with one's stated beliefs. The great news is that they can also be gradually unlearned over time.

"Your willingness to examine your own possible biases is an important step in understanding the roots of stereotypes and prejudice in our society. Categories give order to life, and every day, we group other people into categories based on social and other characteristics. This is the foundation of stereotypes, prejudice and, ultimately, discrimination." - Teaching Tolerance


Click here to Take a Test from Project Implicit to assess your own Implicit Biases. Fifteen tests are available, including Implicit Association Tests (IAT) on age, religion, sexuality, skin tone, race, gender-science, and disability.

​** Please note: encountering your own Implicit Biases can be challenging and upsetting to some. Please keep this in mind before navigating to the Project Implicit site.

 

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