Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) in communities across the country as the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers, schools, and the donors in our area to defend, ignite, and empower the potential of every kid we serve.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters vision is that all youth achieve their full potential.
Approved community-based Bigs may go to the Little's home to provide transportation for the Littles for BBBS match outings. Matches typically get together two times a month for 2 - 4 hours to engage in activities they enjoy. Community-based matches involve 1-on-1 outings and activities:
Going to museums
Going to an event hosted by FFY or BBBS
Hanging out and talking
Exploring Columbus and the surrounding are
Some Bigs meet their Littles on weekday evenings. Others get together with their Littles on the weekends. Each match is unique and creates a schedule that works for them.
Site (School) Based:
Parents and youth enrolled in this program can choose an adult mentor or high school mentor. Bigs and Littles meet consistently during the school year, once per week for 30 minutes to an hour. Matches typically meet during the Little's lunch and recess time. Each match has a variety of activities they can do together:
Play Board Games
Create Crafts Together
Shoot hoops in the gym (with school approval)
Read books together
All school-based matches meet during school hours and follow the school calendar.
OUR IMPACT THIS YEAR
BE A BIG
We do not need to create potential, we just need to defend it. The kids in our community are waiting for mentors who will stand with them to defend, ignite, and empower their potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters exists to create positive change in our community by matching youth with Bigs to build powerful friendships.
GET A BIG
Potential is a powerful thing but without proper nourishment it remains just that - untapped and unrealized. We provide quality mentoring relationships, and we work to ensure that our program is the best fit for you and your child through our eligibility and enrollment process.