Defenders of Potential
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine's mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth in Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset, and Waldo Counties
We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities.
You can make a difference in the life of a child today. Become a donor, mentor, partner or advocate and become a Defender of Potential!
PREPARE FOR TAKE OFF! BBBS PLANE PULL COMING IN 2022!
Area businesses and organizations are signing up to see how fast their teams can pull an aircraft -- all to raise money for youth mentoring!
Who will pull the fastest this year and receive the Plane Pull Trophy? Prizes for teams that raise the most money!
BECOME A PLANE PULL SPONSOR and enter teams to participate in one of two exciting events!
May 14 at Auburn/Lewiston Airport and Sept. 10 at Bangor International Airport
Proudly Hosted By Our Partners:
with our Androscoggin Media Sponsor
MEET OUR FIRST BIGS WITH BADGES!
Chief Jared Mills and his Little Brother Caleb were among the first to be matched in BBBS of Mid-Maine’s first Bigs with Badges mentoring program, a collaborative partnership matching students from Sylvio J. Gilbert Elementary School with mentors from the Augusta Police Department. For an hour every week, Officer Mills visits Caleb at his school for lunch, shooting hoops or a board game. Learn how this new friendship is already impacting Caleb, and Officer Mills!
Riley can’t wait for her Big Sister Officer Sara Rogers to arrive every week for lunch and playtime! Their unique friendship is growing each time they meet, discovering their mutual love for football, card games, and knowledge of all things Pokémon! Usually quiet and shy, Riley is discovering her voice and finding new self-confidence. While Officer Rogers is discovering her passion for mentoring! It's a perfect match. Watch their story! Our Bigs with Badges program launch in November, 2021, was made possible with the help of a United Way of Kennebec Valley Innovation Grant. Together, we’re creating positive, one-to-one relationships that will no doubt ignite the power and promise of local youth!
YOU MADE IT HAPPEN! Your donations to our Keep Kids Connected Campaign raised over $53,000, which was matched by another $50,000! Families have endured challenging years with financial instability, increased food and housing insecurity, extended isolation, and the loss of far too many lives. Children remain the most vulnerable, and as a result, are facing increasing mental health consequences that threaten their ability to reach their greatest potential.
Thank you for your generous support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine in 2021 and the life-changing impact of 1:1 mentoring! There is more work to be done, as we roll up our sleeves to Defend Potential in 2022!
ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
We need adult volunteers to support our 1:1 mentoring programs throughout eastern, central and mid-coast Maine! The agency is recruiting Big Brothers and Big Sisters to serve as community-based mentors to children ages 5 to 14 in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset, and Waldo counties. Community-based Bigs build healthy, trusting relationships with their Littles by spending 2-5 hours each week together doing things of mutual interest, like playing sports, hiking, going to the movies, playing board games, or doing crafts. Bigs commit to mentoring a child for a minimum of one year, which supports the development of stronger and longer lasting relationships.
We are also in need of adult school-based coordinators who can dedicate 1½ hours weekly from October through May (except school vacation weeks) to oversee match meetings between high school Bigs and elementary school Littles. All BBBSMM volunteers are interviewed, screened and trained, and receive ongoing support and training from BBBSMM professional staff. Continuing education credits are provided for volunteer coordinator positions. Successful volunteers are responsible, caring adults, who enjoy working with youth of all ages and backgrounds, have excellent listening and communication skills, are patient, willing to learn, and share in the BBBS mission of igniting the power and promise of local youth. To learn more about becoming an adult volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, please contact Haley Stearns at 207-236-227 ext. 101, or email us!
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.
Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.
When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.
Screening and Training
Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.