The BIG Search

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The BIG Search is a turn-key event that can be hosted in cities across the U.S. to coordinate that community in searching for local missing children.

Event Details

If you would like to host The BIG Search in your city there are a few things you should know.
1. We provide the consulting, marketing items and coordination of the event, but you and your team will be responsible to-
  • Raise the funds for the cost of the search and any advertising and printing done.
  • Make the connections with community leaders, businesses, churches and other organizations.
  • Recruit and oversee the volunteers, we have training materials we can provide. All volunteers will be screened and are required to attend orientation and MUST bring both a photo ID and completed waiver* to the orientation. The minimum age for volunteers is 18 years old. Volunteers will work a four hour period in small groups of 4-10 people. At the start of the shift, volunteers report to their assigned command central to pick up booklets and the route for their outreach effort. At the end of the shift, volunteers report back to the assigned command central to debrief.
  • Find a place to train volunteers and put together information, this could be a community center, church or a conference room.
2. Our team will be at the search (depending on scheduling) with our Mobile Unit, which is used as a mobile base camp during the event.
3. The BIG Search is usually from Thursday (volunteer training) to Saturday, with the main searches happening on Friday and Saturday nights. The search takes place from 8am-10pm, with shifts of volunteers going out together searching for the missing children and reaching out to the local community for help.
4. During these search efforts, we distribute booklets and baseball cards with information on youth who are missing in your community. This search will build the capacity of your community to identify and respond to the needs of missing and exploited youth.

The BIG Searches Currently Scheduled in 2020-

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The History Behind The BIG Search

The BIG Search was started in 2009 by Brad Dennis, of KlaasKIDS, and Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking in Tampa Bay as a collaborative outreach during the Super Bowl. Since then, The BIG Search has conducted searches at every Super Bowl city, except in 2017, where it exclusively took place in Las Vegas. The BIG Search has also taken place at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Kentucky Derby, and many other major events. The success of these efforts has led to two 90-minute presentations to the National Association of Attorneys General, been chronicled in major Law Review Journals and led to the receiving of the 2015 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award.  

The History Behind The BIG Search

The BIG Search was started in 2009 by Brad Dennis, of KlaasKIDS, and Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking in Tampa Bay as a collaborative outreach during the Super Bowl. Since then, The BIG Search has conducted searches at every Super Bowl city, except in 2017, where it exclusively took place in Las Vegas. The BIG Search has also taken place at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Kentucky Derby, and many other major events. The success of these efforts has led to two 90-minute presentations to the National Association of Attorneys General, been chronicled in major Law Review Journals and led to the receiving of the 2015 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award.