Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children ages 6 through 18 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. We have programs in communities across the country — including yours.
Making the Connection
Matches come together through our two essential programs:
- Community-based Mentoring : For as little as an hour a week, Bigs and Littles meet in their community to share fun activities … stories … and a little bit of themselves. Learn more »
- Site-based Mentoring : Bigs and Littles meet once a week in schools, libraries and community centers, to talk and have fun. It’s not about being a tutor … it’s about being a friend. Learn more »
Learn about other national program initiatives:
How a Big becomes a Big (and a Little a Little)
A lot of things have to happen before we make a match. All our Bigs go through a thorough background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support along the way — so that matches can grow into lasting friendships.
What Bigs and Littles Do
Getting together is a great time for both Bigs and Littles. It doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a few hours every month sharing simple things you already enjoy with a young person. Things like….
- Shooting hoops
- Playing a board game
- Sharing a book
- Going to church
- Or just hanging out and talking
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Keeper Mentoring Program
two-year engagement funded by Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s Women and
Girls Funds, Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes to address the gender achievement
gap our young girls face by exposing them to STEM (science, technology,
engineering and math) activities and career pathways in our My Sister’s Keeper
Mentoring program. We recognize how important it is to teach our young girls to
advocate for themselves. Mentoring is a proven strategy that builds
self-confidence through the support of a caring adult. The agency will continue
to provide STEM-focused events and support the matches to explore
non-traditional college and career options. If you know someone who would like
to mentor a young girl and help her become one of our future doctors, engineers
or astronauts, please contact Lisa Humphrey, Vice President of Programs, at
Your donation will make a difference
Calls come in every day from parents, teachers and guidance counselors. They know what a difference a mentor can make in a child’s life. Your gift can help make Big magic for children in your local community by:
- Helping us to recruit new Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers
- Ensuring that trained professionals match children to caring and responsible Bigs
- Offering one-on-one, ongoing supervision and support for every match
- Providing cultural and social activities to enrich the opportunities for children
And 92.2% of every dollar you give goes directly to making and supporting matches; the remainder covers overall program administration.
Think about a child who has wished for a Big Brother or Big Sister. Someone to have fun with and confide in. Someone to be a mentor. A guide. A friend. Now … think of how your gift could make a difference in that child’s life.
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