For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes and monitors meaningful matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Each youth is matched with a carefully screened and trained volunteer adult or high-school-aged mentor. Matches typically meet once a week at school (school-based program) or in community settings (community-based program). Matches can spend their time together talking, doing homework, doing crafts and playing games or sports. Community-based matches also spend time doing activities like attending cultural events, going to restaurants or movies and exploring other interests.
Accepted to the Portfolio: November 2010
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