WHO WE ARE
Defenders of the Potential of Youth in SWLA
For almost 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana (BBBS SWLA) has been a positive influence for youth in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, and Vernon Parishes. We are committed to providing quality mentors to youth in our community because we believe youth are full of potential. BBBS SWLA strives to defend that potential. We have grown to be the largest children’s mentoring organization in Southwest Louisiana, offering the youth of our community a chance to reach their fullest potential.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana youth safety is our number one priority. In order to provide a safe, positive relationship between a Big Mentor and a Little, we have developed Safety Policies that reflect our National Standards of Practice and our Risk Assessment Plan. Click HERE to review our safety policies.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) is an integral part of our values and mission. We recognize, affirm, and celebrate the diverse backgrounds, lives, and experiences of all of our stakeholders, including youth, families, donors, volunteers, and staff. We ensure the opportunity for all voices and perspectives to be heard and honored. In the workplace, we foster an environment where all people can be their best selves. We affirm that every person [regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, marital or veteran status] has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We strive to realize the full potential that is within all of us by ensuring that all voices and perspectives are heard and honored.
We are a big ally
We are an organization committed to inclusiveness. We celebrate the diversity of every person who walks through our doors;
whether a Big, Little, Parent, employee, board member or community partner.
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.