Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who are our Littles?
A: Our Littles are Jewish boys and girls, ages 6 and older, who could benefit from an additional committed, attentive, and positive adult role-model. Our Littles are children who are being raised by single or same-sex parents, have siblings with special needs, are living with a grandparent or other guardian, have experienced significant loss, or otherwise in need of additional support they may not get anywhere else.
Q: What match activities do Bigs and Littles choose?
A: What Bigs and Littles do varies widely depending on their shared interests. Examples range from riding bikes to baking cookies, shooting hoops or sharing a meal, visiting a museum or going to a movie, attending a sports event or sharing a community service experience. Bigs and Littles can also participate in agency-sponsored events or small group outings with other matches, which is a wonderful way to expand their connections to the Jewish community.
Q: How long does it take to be matched?
A: The time it takes to be matched depends on many factors. While we seek to match those first who have been waiting longest, our primary focus is compatibility and our priority is to create the most successful matches. Our Littles have a range of needs, interests and preferences, so a Big’s wait time is largely contingent upon the unique pool of Littles waiting to be matched.
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Q: What are some of the benefits of mentoring?
A: Mentoring can have a significant positive impact on a child’s life, including increased school engagement and self-esteem, stronger social skills, greater concern for others, and less risky behavior.