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Looking to get involved? Whether you’re interested in donating, volunteering or enrolling your child, Big Brothers Big Sisters offers several types of programs in communities across the country.

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Our Programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters serves more than 225,000 children, ages five through 18, in 5,000 communities across all 50 states. There are two core Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. In order to reap the benefits of the relationship, each program requires a one-year commitment from the volunteer.

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Community-based 

"My Big Sister Renee teaches me how to cook. And the other day, I made taco salad for my whole family!"
Little Sister Naquesia

Volunteers provide Littles with one-to-one time and attention in their communities, typically two to four times a month for one calendar year. During these unstructured outings they cultivate relationships that provide children with skills to manage every day challenges. Through simple friendship, Bigs experience the joy of helping children discover a world of possibilities and opportunities.

 Learn more about Community-based mentoring.

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Site-based

"I love it when my Big Sister Laura is coming to eat lunch with me at school. I get to sit at a special table, and we always share Little Debbie treats. We like the Swiss Cake Rolls best!"
Little Sister Brandi

Volunteers provide Littles with one-on-one time and attention in their schools, typically once a week during the academic year. Teachers identify children who can benefit most from interaction with a caring adult.

As their friendships evolve, volunteers and children discover ways to make school and learning fun.

Read more about all our site based programs.

Additionally, there are several related programs that are customized to specific categories of children, volunteers or partners.

They include:

Amachi Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
Couples Program
High School Bigs
Corporate Volunteers



The Big Brothers Big Sisters' Annual Picnic plays host to all sorts of activites... including this massive round of Tug-O-War!
Photo by Betsy Beazley