Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, one-to-one mentoring relationships.

94¢

of every dollar donated goes toward direct service.

100,000

people are served each year through our programs.

3,500

individuals volunteer every year.

WHO WE ARE

The nation’s largest donor-and-volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, one-to-one mentoring relationships. We hold ourselves accountable for measurable outcomes, educational success, risky behavior avoidance and higher aspirations.

Most children we serve live in single-parent and low income families, or households where a parent is incarcerated. All the children we serve are facing adversity of some kind. Through referrals from schools and other social service agencies, we identify children who need early intervention to avoid falling behind and dropping out. Big Brothers Big Sisters gives children skills that increase their chances of graduating from high school, achieving academic success, setting higher goals and staying out of trouble once the school day has ended.

WHAT IS A BIG AND WHAT IMPACT DO THEY HAVE?
  • A Big is a friend who can help a Little cope with day-to-day challenges
  • Littles who meet regularly with Bigs are less likely than peers to skip a day of school or skip a class
  • Mentored youth have a better chance of going on to higher education and have better attitudes toward school
  • A Big helps improve a Little’s self respect and respect for others
  • Littles who meet regularly with their Bigs are less likely than peers to start using illegal drugs or drinking
  • Bigs teach Littles how to relate well to all kinds of people and help strengthen communication skills
  • Bigs can help Littles set career goals and start taking steps to accomplish them

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS VOLUNTEERS MUST:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be able to spend 12 hours per month for at least one year with the child
  • Fully complete the agency screening process and receive a positive recommendation
COULD YOUR CHILD USE A BIG?

It all starts with the right role models, and Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. For over 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters programs have been able to recruit, screen, match and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country — one Little at a time. You know what’s best for your child, so we’ll need your help from the start, providing information about your child’s strengths and needs, and ultimately approving the Big Brother or Big Sister match. But your role doesn’t end there. Once the match is made, you remain closely involved by:

  • Approving activities and outings for your child and their Big
  • Asking your child questions about the outings
  • Sharing what you learn with program staff
  • Reporting your child’s progress and milestones

TO BE ELIGIBLE, CHILDREN MUST:

  • Be 6 – 17 years old
  • Live in either Portage or Jefferson County
  • Be able to commit to a match for 12 months/12 hours per month
  • Fully complete the agency screening process and receive a positive recommendation
  • Be in need of a mentor
  • Develop and maintain a relationship with an adult volunteer
  • There is no cost and no income guidelines for joining the program

Program Mission

To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professional supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

LOCATIONS
PORTAGE COUNTY

705 Oakwood St. Suite 115
Ravenna, OH 44266
P: 330.296.6655
F: 330.297.9528

JEFFERSON COUNTY

630 Market St. Second Floor
Steubenville, OH 43952
P: 740.264.3306
F: 740.264.3406