Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations, churches, volunteers and others in the community, BBBS carefully  matches/pairs children/littles with carefully screened mentors/Bigs and monitors and supports them in their match relationship throughout.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever by means of one of the following programs:

Community-based Mentoring

Our research-based community-based mentoring program matches an adult volunteer “Big” with a “Little” ; ages 7-14 years from the community to provide an additional caring adult role model in the child’s life.  These matches receive individualized support from a professional BBBS staff member.

School-based Mentoring
Our school based mentoring program matches adult or high school volunteers with students grades K-8. The mentoring matches meet for about an hour a week at school, and the agency provides staff supervision and support. We currently partner with the following school districts to offer School-based Mentoring:: Claymont Local Schools, Dover City Schools, New Philadelphia City Schools, Newcomerstown Local Schools, Strasburg Local Schools, Tusky Valley Local Schools, Carrollton Exempted Village Schools, and Brown Local Schools.

Amachi Mentoring
We also provide a program that serves some of our most at-risk children, children of incarcerated parents called Amachi Mentoring.  Having an incarcerated parent can have a devastating effect on children’s lives, contributing to diminished academic performance, classroom behavior difficulties and truancy.  Our Amachi program began in 2003 and is specifically designed to reach out to these children. This program is available in BOTH community-based mentoring and school –based mentoring relationships.  All mentors MUST be 18 years or older to participate as an Amachi volunteer.


Research shows that kids who meet regularly with their Big Brother or Big Sister report higher self-confidence; show improved relationships with family members and peers and express greater aspirations for their future!
Research shows that kids who meet regularly with their Big Brother or Big Sister arethree times more likely to graduate from High Schoolthan their peers in similar circumstances!

Avoid Risky Behavior

​​​Research shows that kids who meet regularly with their Big Brother or Big Sister areless likely to use drugs or alcohol; resolve conflict with violence or to engage in other risky behaviors!