The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program is lots of fun paired with a great responsibility. A minimum of two consecutive terms and a 1-year commitment are required to establish a solid one-on-one relationship with a little sibling 6-12 years old. Usually the relationship continues for the duration of a student’s Dartmouth career. Matches spend about 4 hours a week enjoying fun activities such as playing outdoors, cooking meals together or renting videos. These hours spent together are often the child’s most eagerly anticipated time of the week, and the big sibling must be reliable, enthusiastic, and committed to the relationship.
The Upper Valley has a long waiting list of children needing a Dartmouth role sibling. Whether they have low self-esteem or are economically disadvantaged or could just use a little extra attention, they all benefit from spending time with a big brother or sister. Big siblings are older friends upon whom little siblings can depend to consistently care about them and listen to their problems, concerns, and fears. Big brothers or big sisters are constants in their lives when many other aspects of their lives are changing and unpredictable. Big siblings are required to attend the mandatory orientation and training sessions held at the beginning of each term, and they keep in regular contact with the program chairs and the community coordinator.
Julia Sooy-Student Director/Co-Chair
Joanna Schneider-Associate Chair
Maggie Conners-Associate Chair
John D'Antonio-Associate Chair