Big Brothers Big Sisters has been the nation's preeminent youth-service organization for nearly a century. Our service is based on our volunteers. We have a proven success in creating and nurturing relationships between adults and children. Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves hundreds of thousands of children in 5,000 communities across the country. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A BIG BROTHER OR BIG SISTER? Big Brothers and Big Sisters are, foremost, friends to children: They share everyday activities, expand horizons, and experience the joy in even the simplest events. Within those little moments lies the big magic that a Big Brother or Big Sister brings to the life of a young person. Professionals in youth development support these individual, responsible relationships. And national research has shown that the shared experiences between Bigs and Littles have a direct and lasting impact on children's lives. A Big can help a child discover a world of possibilities and opportunities simply by being a genuine friend. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is something that almost anyone can do. Each potential Big is screened, trained, and supervised to help ensure that the relationship will be safe and rewarding for everyone involved. The only requirement is willingness to make a new friend and a desire to share some fun with a young person. Our volunteers consistently say that being part of BBBS match is as enjoyable and fulfilling for them as it is for their Littles.