It starts with a Little
For over 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine has been changing children's lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success.
Defenders of Potential
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth in Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset, and Waldo Counties.
We match professionally-trained and supported mentors (Bigs), 1:1 with children (Littles) ages 5-16 who are facing adversity, to create friendships that help youth reach their greatest potential. Children in our program achieve higher aspirations and confidence, have better relationships with peers and family, avoid risky behaviors, and have greater educational success. 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!
Bowl for Kids' Sake is BACK in 2023!
After a 3-year pause, Bowl for Kids' Sake returns this year, with bowling events in four different regions!
There's a Bowl for Kids' Sake coming to a bowling center near you! Click here to get rolling!
Thanks to all who supported our first Bowl for Kids' Sake at Just-In-Time Recreation Center in Lewiston and Family Fun Bowling in Bangor!
UPCOMING BOWLING EVENTS:
Kennebec: Friday, Oct. 6, 4-8pm, at Sparetime Recreation Center, Hallowell REGISTER FOR KENNEBEC BOWL
Midcoast: Thursday, Nov. 9, 4-8pm at Sammi's Family Entertainment Center, Waldoboro
and Friday, Nov. 17, 2-8pm at ALLPLaY Family Entertainment Center, Belfast
Big THANKS to our Bowl for Kids' Sake Presenting Sponsor:
Meet Hayley and Ryder!
Click the Green Play Button to meet Big Sister Hayley and her Little Sister, Ryder, featured in our BRAND NEW VIDEO sharing their life-changing friendship that was created through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine! Every week, Ryder and Hayley meet up for a couple of hours to chat while they draw, color, take walks and sometimes even break out into dance! It takes so little time to make a Big Impact!
Have you ever thought about becoming a Big? There has never been a better time than RIGHT NOW!
Learn more right now about how easy it is to change a life! #DefendPotential
We're hiring a Kennebec Valley Program Manager to support the overall success of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine’s mentoring programs in Kennebec and Somerset counties. This position is responsible for providing high-level customer service, focused on child safety and volunteer options, from inquiry and recruitment to match closure and reengagement! Our new program manager will also help with agency fundraising efforts in the Kennebec Valley. If you love helping kids reach their greatest potential, come join our team!
Learn more about this exciting opportunity to support local youth and APPLY HERE! We can't wait to meet you!
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.