Community-based mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship, where Bigs and Littles get together on their own to share fun activities they both enjoy. Matches typically meet for six hours per month. Getting together is a great time for both the Big and the Little. It doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a few hours every month to share the simple things you already like to do. Things like:


  • Shooting hoops
  • Playing a board game
  • Sharing a pizza
  • Taking a walk in the park


In the school-based mentoring program, Bigs and Littles meet for one hour once a week at the child’s school.  Matches typically eat lunch together, then they often go to the library to play a game or read a book, or they head to the playground for a while and talk about life- just as friends do.  School-based mentoring is not a tutoring program.  However, research has shown that of all children matched with a Big in school:

  • 58% improved their school performance
  • 65% showed higher levels of self-confidence
  • 55% had a better attitude toward school