Enrolling your child in our program
Here is the basic criteria to enroll your child in our program:
1. Your family must live in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, Citrus, Hernando, Sumter, Marion or Alachua counties.
2. Your child must be between the ages of five (and enrolled in kindergarten) and 13 years old.
To learn more about the eligibility criteria and to sign your child up for a Big, contact:
Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Citrus, Hernando: Alexandra Collins, 813-997-2249, AlexandraC@bbbstampabay.org
Sumter: Janet Manganiello, 352-587-4954, JanetM@bbbstampabay.org
Marion: Stephanie Gavin, 352-566-3094, StephanieG@bbbstampabay.org
Alachua: Jasmyn Copeland, 352-451-3007, JasmynC@bbbstampabay.org
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay has two unique programs that offer different ways for children to see and interact with their mentors, or Bigs.
Our Child Safety Standards
The safety of your child is your highest priority. It’s no different at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential Bigs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes the completion of a formal written application; background and reference checks; an in-person interview; and an orientation and training process that outlines the individualized needs of your child
Big Brothers Big Sisters also provides child safety tips to you and your child, and we welcome your questions and feedback. Throughout the life of the match, our professional staff will be in ongoing communication with you, your child, and your child’s Big. It’s the best way to build a strong relationship that will have the greatest impact on your child’s future success.