Big Brothers Big Sisters
Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, one-to-one mentoring relationships. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through young adulthood in communities across the country.
On October 13, 1969, Big Brothers of Mahoning County provided direction and friendship to young males. In 1977, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mahoning Valley began serving both boys and girls in Mahoning and Trumbull County. That same year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage County started serving youth in Portage County through one-to-one mentoring relationships.
Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters continues to make an impact in the lives of children in the communities we serve. Our goal is to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people through community-based or site-based mentoring.
WHO WE SERVE
We serve individuals in Portage, Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, and Jefferson counties. We provide volunteers who are role models to children in need of a mentor. These volunteers are interviewed, screened, and trained by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members. After the intake process, the volunteers provide guidance, increase self-esteem, and assist the child in the day-to-day challenges that they face. We have two types of mentoring available:
- Community-Based Mentoring: A community-based match meets in the community. Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends, others get together with their Littles on weekday evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them. Community-based mentoring relationships involve one-on-one outings and activities, doing things the Big and Little enjoy together, like taking a walk in the park, going to museums, going to an event hosted by the local BBBS affiliate, listening to music, hanging out, and talking.
- Site-Based Mentoring: A site-based match only meets at a designated site (e.g., school, community center, or another site). Site-based mentoring relationships involve one-on-one activities, doing things the Big and Little enjoy together, like doing homework, playing board games, reading together, participating in activities that promote making good decisions, building social skills, and developing positively.