Big Sister/Little Sister

Creating a lasting positive impact

The Big Sister/Little Sister Program is a mentoring and support program that matches experienced business and professional women with younger women (aged 18-25).
It aims to empower the young women by strengthening their decision-making abilities and motivating them to create a positive change in their lives.

The program is developed in partnership with Sustain Leadership Consultancy in Dubai, UAE.

Little Sister

A Little Sister is young woman who faces difficult social, emotional and life challenges. She needs a guidance and direction to make decisions that positively impact her live and wellbeing.

Benefits to the Little Sister

– Receive unbiased academic, career or life advice from an experienced professional person or from a successful role model.
– Receive guidance to navigate through challenges.
– Have someone believe in you and in your abilities; thereby, developing greater confidence.
– Receive support that will enable you to make the appropriate choices in your life.
– Receive advise on how to set realistic goals and support in your through your journey in achieving them.
– Expand your network with Challenge to Change Big Sisters and fellow Little Sisters.

Little Sister Criteria

– Middle Eastern women age 18 to 25.
– Struggling with life challenges that curtail their wellbeing and potential for growth.
– Students, graduates or professionals in need of academic/work/life guidance and/or emotional support.
– In employment and seeking professional or career development.
– With entrepreneurial spirit and looking to validate and develop their ideas.
Priority given to women who are underprivileged, or affected by conflict

Little Sister Responsibilities

1. Be open-minded and willing to learn
2. Be proactive and take initiative
3. Respect the Big Sister’s time
4. Understand Boundaries
5. Follow up on agreements
6. Be willing to allocate approximately 2-4 hours a month to the mentoring relationship program
7. Be willing to learn and develop
8. Be open about your goals, expectations, challenges and concerns
9. Actively listen and question
10. Seek advice, opinion, feedback, and direction from your mentor
11. Be open to constructive criticism/feedback and ask for it
12. Give feedback to your mentor on what is working or not working in the mentoring relationship
13. Report when you think that the relationship with the Big Sister is not working out as planned or if there is a scheduling conflict

Big Sister

A Big Sister is a professional and successful woman who would like to give back to the society and uses her experience and leadership skills to mentor a Little Sister and help her transform challenges into positive experiences.

Benefits to the Big Sister

Benefits to the Big Sister
– Develop/showcase your skills as a facilitator, guide, and advisor.
– Learn fresh perspective from Little Sisters.
– Build new relationships with fellow Challenge to Change Big Sisters.
– Have the opportunity to be engaged in the community, help others and create lasting positive change in young women’s lives.
– Gain personal satisfaction and happiness from the act of doing good and giving back
– Receive recognition (mention on Challenge to Change website, social media, press releases, newsletters and other promotional activities and calls to action)

Big Sister Criteria

– Successful role model.
– Possess leadership skills.
– Be credible and non-judgmental in her approach.
– Willingness to be accessible, committed and engaged during the length of the program.
– Have an understanding of the Middle Eastern culture and its impact on young women.
– Interested and committed to the empowerment of aspiring young women, and/or women affected by conflict.
– Commit to allocate at least two sessions a month to the mentoring relationship over the course of the six months mentoring program.
– Willing to attend events where possible, in person, or via video link online.

Being a Big Sister

– Support the Little Sister’s development of academic, professional and interpersonal competencies
– Agree to, and schedule, uninterrupted time with the Little Sister
– Create a supportive and trusting environment
– Listen actively and act as a sounding board
– Openly and honestly share “lessons learned” from her own experience
– Provide helpful and constructive feedback
– Seek assistance if questions arise that you cannot answer
– Fill brief assessments about the progress of the relationship
– Report when the relationship with the Little Sister(s) is not working out as planned or there is a scheduling conflict.
– Share your experience and mentoring approach with other Big Sisters if requested

What differentiates our program?

Our program is based on a thorough matching process. The mentoring relationship is informal, flexible and confidential.

  • Online applications for Big Sister and Little Sister enrollment
  • Friendly interviews to help you further understand your objectives through the program
  • Mentoring induction upon acceptance
  • Mentoring toolkit provided to ensure successful relationship

Objective

The Big Sister/Little Sister Program aims to empower young women by providing mentoring to improve their decision-making abilities and create a lasting positive impact.

Commitment Period

The program is a 6 months minimum commitment, during which both, the Big Sister and the Little Sister commit to allocating at least two mentoring sessions a month.

Follow-up Method

Big Sisters and Little Sisters are requested to provide our team with feedback, so we can ensure that the program objectives are achieved, and the mentoring relationship is going as planned.