Our programs get things started
Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs children, ages 6–18, with adult role models in one-to-one relationships, who help change their lives for the better, forever.
Community-based mentoring is our signature program, where Bigs and Littles meet in the community 2–4 times each month to participate in social activities, such as going to a movie, going to a sporting event, or simply hanging out. The important part of their activity is the one-to-one time and the consistency of the relationship.
We offer several school-based mentoring programs. Our standard School-Based 1:1 Mentoring looks much like our Community-based program, but instead of meeting in the community, our Bigs and Littles meet for one hour each week at the Little’s school. They work on homework, play games, or venture outside together.
In our Beyond School Walls program, students take a bus to a local corporation and spend an hour every other week with their Bigs, having lunch, learning about different careers, participating in group activities, or just talking.
In our Kids Book Clubs, struggling readers work in a group setting on literacy skills, including reading comprehension, discussion skills, and writing responses to age-appropriate literature.
MentorU is our newest school-based program, where high school students are partnered with local community members who help them develop personal, academic, and career skills. In weekly MentorU classes, students communicate with their mentors electronically through guided prompts. Students and mentors discuss various topics in their weekly messages, including skills such as critical thinking, perseverance, self-advocacy, and goal setting. Mentors and students also meet once monthly at the high school for a 90-minute in-person group session led by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff.