What is Mentoring?
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the largest evidence-based mentoring program in the country, has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. 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 6 through 18, in communities across the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters develops positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people and is a leading partner known for outcomes addressing educational and juvenile delinquency challenges at community and national levels.
Bigs/Mentors are good listeners, people who care, people who want to help young people bring out strengths that are already there.
A Big/Mentor is not a foster parent, doctor, social worker, disciplinarian, tutor, cool peer, or ATM.