Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia
Project: Little Moments, Big Magic
Target group: Children in alternative care
The project is implemented in Moscow under the umbrella of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program for children in need. It creates and monitors matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles). Big and Little agree to meet for a certain amount of time per month on a one-to-one basis. By providing caring and compassionate adult role models that communicate and relate to the child individually, the program allows children to see healthy behavior models, to discuss their future, hopes and dreams with someone who will listen and encourage them, and above all, gives self-esteem, dignity and hope for a better life. The relationship in the match is regularly monitored by professional program staff: social workers and/or psychologists.