Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most,
including those living in single parent homes, growing up in
poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Starting
something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a
Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background
work involved with them, is possible because of donations from
people like you. It's also why we're able to offer such a wide
variety of programs that pair children, ages 6 through 18, with
role models in one-to-one relationships.
We offer two core types
of donor-funded programs: Community-Based and School-Based
Mentoring. And no matter when a child enters a program, there’s
no limit to where he or she can go.
Spending time together out in the local community is
primarily how Bigs and Littles develop their relationship.
After all, to change a child’s perspective of the world, it
helps to spend some time out in it.
Sometimes the best place for enjoying activities together is
at the child’s school. And, the best part is, it can be a
great learning experience, in or out of the classroom.
How a Big becomes a Big — and a Little, a Little.
Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone
expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through an
extensive background check and careful interview process. Then
we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and
preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so
matches can grow into lasting, fruitful friendships. It’s also
important to note that the entire matching process is made
possible through donations—we can’t do what we do best without
What’s a Big and Little to do?
Each match is unique. Getting together doesn’t require a special
occasion or expensive activity —
just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already
enjoy. For example:
- Playing catch
- Reading books
- Getting ice cream
- Going to a museum
- Providing advice and inspiration
Volunteering is fun, BIG time.
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister
is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to
mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to
help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to
achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You
and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already
like to do. Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read
books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some
advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are
you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little—and you’ll be
making a life-changing impact.
Become a Big >
Could your little
one could use a Big?
It all starts with the right role models. And Big Brothers Big
Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. For over
100 years, due in large part to private donations, we’ve been
able to recruit, screen, match and support mentoring
relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of
thousands of young people across the country — one Little at a
Enroll your child >