Defending Potential Through Relationships

Bigs in BlueSM is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with first responders in communities throughout the United States, building strong, trusting, lasting relationships. These relationships can help children develop into confident adults and help build stronger bonds between first responders and the families they serve.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley was one of the first affiliates in the country to pilot the Bigs in Blue initiative.

Regionally, the Bigs in Blue initiative seeks to bridge the connection between first responders and the families and children in our communities.  major areas of focus for the initiative include:

  1. engage first responders in one-to-one mentoring relationships with vulnerable youth
  2. provide career exploration experiences to children participating in a BBBS sponsored mentoring program
  3. engage in BBBS sponsored match activities and events in local communities on an ongoing basis
  4. provide a referral system for youth who have experienced traumatic events
  5. provide educational and safety education and resources to matches and families within the BBBS network


Support funding for the Bigs in Blue program provided by:

Rock Island Community Foundation

Building Bridges Through Relationships

Career Exploration

BBBS coordinates exploration experiences for Littles to meet employees and learn about careers as a first responder. 

Safety Training

BBBS coordinates opportunities for matches and families to learn tips to be safe and aware of your surroundings.  Cyber security, online predator's, bullying, and other important topics are covered. 

Junior Officer/CSI Camps

Our BIB partnership offers in-depth opportunities for Littles such as CSI, Junior Officer and Explorer camps.

Service to others

BIB participates in a number of community service projects to increase awareness of services and resources in our community and creating empathy and service to others.  These include: the Salvation Army Red Kettle, River Bend Food Bank, Toys for Tots and Living Lands and Waters.  


Agencies and employees actively participate in BBBS initiatives to raise funds for our programming.  These include Over the Edge, Putt A Round, Shop with a Cop and many others!

1-to-1 Mentoring

More than 35 sworn officers representing 20 partner agencies are participating as Bigs in this initiative! 

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