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!
Become A Big. Kids are Waiting!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine is actively recruiting adult volunteers to become mentors to children, ages 5 to 14, who will benefit from having a consistent, positive role model in their lives. We have a list of 75 children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister right now! Learn more right now about how easy it is to change a life, just by being a friend!
See How One Volunteer Defends Potential!
Thank you Greg Jones, BBBS of Mid-Maine Board VP, for sharing your time and resources to support local kids.
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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!
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.