Program Guidelines


Program Guidelines

Need a refresher on BBBS policies and procedures?

Scroll down to read up on program guidelines, mentor trainings, driving safety, bike safety, and animal safety.

 

 

Community-based Program Guidelines

Community-based Mentor Training Guidebook

Driving Safety

1.   Remember you are the only person allowed to drive your Little when you are together!
2.   Make sure you and your Little buckle up every time you're in the car! 
3.   Big Brothers Big Sisters has booster seats available if your Little needs one. Children must ride in federally approved child safety seats until they are at least 8 years old or over 57 inches tall.
4.   Don't forget - if your auto insurance policy changes, please be sure to update your Match Support Specialist, as we need to have this information on file.

For more information, visit http://www.dmv.org/ma-massachusetts/safety-laws.php

Bike Safety

Take the proper precautions when taking your Little out on the road.

1.   Make sure that your Little is ALWAYS wearing a safety helmet that fits them properly. Set a good example by wearing yours as well.
2.   Make sure that your Little's brakes work prior to riding.
3.   Steer clear of busy streets as much as possible.
4.   Make sure that you are riding the same direction as traffic - a motorist will not be expecting riders coming in the opposite direction.
5.   Follow all traffic laws (e.g. signs, signals, lane markings).
6.   Avoid biking at night where possible. If you do ride in the evenings, make sure to have reflectors on your bikes and clothing.

Animal Safety

1.   Check with your Little before introducing them to your pet. Make sure your Little isn't allergic to animals.
2.   Supervise playtime between your pet and your Little at all times.
3.   Teach your Little to treat animals gently and with kindness.
4.   Help your Little recognize your pet's mood, and when to give him/her space to be alone.
5.   Remind your Little that animals may be startled by loud, high-pitched noises and sudden movements.
6.   If your pet harms your Little, contact your MSS immediately.
7.   If your pet has a history of not reacting well to children or strangers, please keep your pet in a secure area.
8.   If you are at all concerned about how your pet might react to your Little, err on the side of caution and don't make the introduction.