Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Miami

Rating: 4.83 stars   30 reviews

Address:

701 Sw 27th Avenue #800 Miami FL 33135-3026 USA

Mission:

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Greater Miami, founded in 1958, is a volunteer and donor based youth mentoring organization, serving children, ages 5-18, with positive adult role models.

Programs:

Our "mentoring menu of program services" includes: community-based program: our "signature" program; big brothers big sisters provide one-to-one mentoring, a few hours a couple of times a month. "school-based program: one-to-one mentoring that takes place at school one hour per week. School to work program: employee mentors are paired with high school students at their worksites for four hours a month during the school year. At present, there are 50 corporate partners that support this innovative program. Special programs: we have other program options available, such as group mentoring, big fitness, bigs in blue, bigs in red & mentoring children of promise (a targeted program that provides a mentor for children with an incarcerated parent). The mentoring resource center (mrc), a division of bbbs, provides training, consultation and volunteer referral services for a network of 30-50 agencies who serve children in need. All matches are carefully screened and supervised by our team of professional social workers. All services are free to the volunteers and children, who are encouraged to take advantage of the free tickets and social/educational activities that are offered to help make the "match" a truly unforgettable experience. National research projects include: thrive youth-centered match support study (federal funding through the office of juvenile justice delinquency prevention to big brothers big sisters of america). This three- year project (2011-2014) is a partnership with bbbsa & university of illinois-chicago and the thrive foundation. Big brothers big sisters of greater miami is one of 11 sites participating in this project. The mentoring enhancement grant (meg) is a 3-year project (2012-2015) in partnership with broward/palm beach/martin county bbbs agencies. Bbbs of greater miami serves as the fiscal/program lead. Bbbsgm is one of 10 sites across the country participating in this national project that includes an external evaluation/research component. Bbbsgm received a state of florida department of education performance based grant that will serve the booker t washington feeder pattern schools. This 1. 5 million award (through june 2014) is in collaboration with miami-dade county public schools, florida international university, catalyst miami, the parent academy, office of education transformation, and the office of community engagement. Through these various programs, we served over 6,000 children, parents and volunteers during fiscal year 2013-2014. A total of 2,124 matches were served during the year. Our waiting list continues to exceed 1,000 children due to the increasing demands in the community and the effects of the economic recession in our community. Other impact stats include: bbbs programs provided almost 10,000 youth with a big brother or a big sister in the past five years, positively impacting their lives, their families and our community. The class of 2014 was our largest graduating class ever231 youth. 95% of our "class of 2014" bbbs graduates are planning to attend college. Over 1. 2m in scholarships were awarded to bbbs youth over the past 5 years with many attending top ranked universities in the u. S. When asked about the impact of big brothers big sisters in their lives, most graduates respond by saying, 'they saved me' or 'i will be the first in my family to go to college and achieve my dreams. ' the life-long impact of our program has been proven through independent research and through our ongoing outcome based programming where we survey and baseline our kids before and after they are matched. The results demonstrate that kids in the bbbsgm program perform better in school, relate better to their peers, gain self confidence, stay away from drugs and alcohol and many go to graduate high school and go on to college or continuing education program. Bbbsgm has been deemed an evidence based youth prevention program" in miami dade county and from the office of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention.

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Reviews for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Miami

Rating: 5 stars  

Shortly after I moved to Miami, I started volunteering for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Miami (BBBS). After completing grad school and starting a good job, I wanted to give back to the community and make a difference in someone else's life. I searched for various organizations and BBBS fullfilled everything I was looking for. I have been matched with my little brother T.J. for about 2 years now and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I truly enjoy spending time with TJ. Personally, I was fortunate enough to have an older brother who kept me in check, out of trouble and who gave me the friend and mentor I needed. Unfortunately, many kids do not have that luxury and it has been so rewarding to spend time with TJ and see him become more responsible in his school work as well as athletic training. BBBS did such an excellent job matching TJ and I and I am sure this will be a very long friendship! I can only highly recommend to anyone to volunteer as a big and sign up for BBBS.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I reached a point in my life where I felt I had time to volunteer. I contacted Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami. I told them about myself, after a couple of months, I was matched with a delightful 10 year old girl. I always wondered how BBBS would be able to protect children from getting a "Big" who would not have the child's best interests at heart. From my experience, I quickly learned that the organization rigorously screens all potential Bigs and keeps a close eye on the relationship between Bigs & Littles. My time with my Little is absolutely the highlight of my week. Besides matching Bigs & Littles, BBBS sponsors great field trips, activities & holiday parties. BBBS is a top notch organization that makes a big difference in not only the children's lives but also the volunteer's. After spending a year with my Little, I attended her 5th grade graduation. The principal gives an award, voted on by all the teachers of a child who had risen up through a challenge and changed the most in positive way. The award is called the Phoenix Award and as the principal was describing the student before announcing the name, I knew who it was, my Little!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Big since 2005. I elected at the time to have my college organization branch of the NAACP to take on the task of community volunteerism. I feel in love with the aims and goals of Big Brothers and Big Sisters as well as see the pressing needs of funding and the recruitment of more volunteers especially men! I have been matched to my little for almost six years now and indeed it has been a pleasant and at times a rough journey due to the weathering of life. Despite my personal issues, I continue to press on with my match as well as having the assistance of my current match support specialist.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being a better teacher (former occupation), mother, and recruiter. I have grown personally because of these organization. Having met so many diverse populations of Bigs and Littles helps you to realize that your time, attention, and regard can cause varied ripples of change within the self, the family you service, and ultimately the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more Volunteers. It's not the fault of the organization. The main issue I have encountered from my cultural lenses is that many would like to volunteer but they can't clear the stringent background checks. I understand and the respect the need for our children safety but some offense I feel could be investigated more.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I have no gripes with this group because they find ways to support me and my little.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

As aforementioned I have met a host of great people. I even have a great rapport with my match specialist.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This experience has made me a better mother, teacher, mentor and I feel fulfilled if that makes sense.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Being part of Big Brother's, Big Sisters has been a wonderful experience. My husband and I have enjoyed being Bigs and as we have been matched with the most wonderful Littles and their family. Big Brother's Big Sisters has given us a chance to not only help a child but also expeience the love and affection of a whole family. This family has become part of our extended family and we are greatful to be part of such a wonderful organization!!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The concept is great. There are plenty of kids out there on the border who just need a little guidance to help them out. My kid was always negative, saying he didn't like this or that. I encouraged him to try. He liked it so much he now has a new hobby - building models.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Big Brother with BBBS of Greater Miami since 2009 and have seen first hand the incredible impact that the organization makes on the Miami area landscape and especially with respect to disadvantaged kids who would otherwise likely be part of the ever growing negative statistics. As someone who was raised in one of the local communities which is served by BBBS and now as a Big Brother, I'm incredibly humbled and proud to be part of BBBS and look forward to many more years together.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I was matched with my Little Brother just over a year ago. We've gone through so much together, and many of the experiences have been thanks to BBBS and its partners/donors that make it possible for matches to attend local community events that wouldn't necessarily be within my reach to share with my Little. Some of these great activities have been going to see Cirque Eloize, going to the Miami Seaquarium, Museum of Science, Marlins' game, Dolphins' football camp, and more. When I signed up for the program, I did it so I could help a kid in my community, but I've gotten so much more than that already. My Little (10 yo) has already asked me what will happen if he loses my number when he goes to college...Like the agency says "Little moments, Big Magic".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the growth of the Little Brother I am currently matched to.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer more trainings for volunteers to learn how to handle certain scenarios and to help with the academic & social development of the children we serve. It would also be good to offer Parent Workshops.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

More match activities or resources to go to to get ideas.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was proudly given a little at Pine Villa Elementary. At first I noticed my Little was 11 years old and in the 2nd grade. I quickly started working with her on her reading. We read a different book every time I met with her, which was about once a week for approximetly an hour. Her reading Improved dramatically. She quickly started moving up on her reading grade level within a few months. By the end of the year she was above her grade level in the FCAT. I also noticed my littles grades were not accepatble her first grading period. She had D's and F's in both her class and conduct. She also had 2's and 3's in effort. By her next grading period she gradually started improving. By her 4th and final report card she obtained A's and B;s and 1's in effort. I am very proud to be a big sister. I really enjoyed every minute of it and wouldn't change the program for the world!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I contacted Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami in August 1996 to express my interest in becoming a volunteer. My initial interest was in becoming a school based volunteer but the representative that I spoke to explained that as a Black male I was the least represented among Community based volunteers. I agreed to participate in the Community program and was matched shortly thereafter to a seven year old child. My match lasted eleven years and that seven year old boy is now twenty three years old, is a U.S. Army veteran and presently is pursuing a Nursing Degree. I was fortunate enough to be named Big Brother of The Year in 1998, which is the greatest individual honor that I have ever received. Big Brothers Big Sisters allowed me the opportunity to enter the life a young child who needed a friend, and thanks to their professional guidance and the variety of activities that are available for the matches, I was able to build relationships with many other volunteers. I was also able to watch young people who were not supposed to succeed become college graduates.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough positive things about BBBS. I have been a big brother to Antonio Menarde since 2003. He was 6 years old at the time and is now a sophmore in high school. We have shared everything together from movies to sports, school to vacation, and holidays to birthdays. BBBS has provided us an opportunity to grow together and learn from one another, and essentially Antonio has become part of my family. I highly recommend that everyone should be a volunteer with BBBS.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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