Innovative Programming

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Innovative Programming

Twin Cities is home to many innovative and entrepreneurial nonprofits with missions that make our community a better place to live, work, and play. Big Brother Big Sisters seeks to partner with other organizations to leverage the power of youth mentoring to create a more just, equitable, connected, and caring community. Many of these partnerships begin with a vision. By combining resources and talents, these visions turn into pilot programs or special initiatives that benefit the youth, families, and communities we serve.

College Access and Success

The benefits of youth mentoring don’t end when a Little becomes a teenager. Our youth development opportunities support young people throughout middle and high school, and even beyond as a BBBS alumni. We offer the following services to help them navigate a successful future:

  • College exploration and planning
  • Finding scholarship and financial aid opportunities
  • Test preparation for college entrance exams
  • Post-secondary workshops and campus tours


Thanks to the generosity of Federated Insurance, our Littles and alumni can apply for the Federated Challenge Scholarship. This scholarship is available for Littles/Alumni who have been
matched for 18 months or longer who are looking to attend a 2-year or less post-secondary Minnesota institution. Applications generally open in February, and recipients are announced by June. The scholarship provides up to $5,000 per year for a maximum of $10,000 total. Learn more.

Workforce Readiness

Learning about possible career paths and interests can be the start of a promising future for a young person. Our BBBS team helps Littles in middle, high school, and alumni match their interests to real-world job opportunities and give them a head start in thinking about future careers. Our age-appropriate services include:

  • Tours of local businesses and corporations
  • Individual interest assessments
  • Connections to summer enrichment programming
  • Practical employment skills workshops
  • Individual career counseling and referrals
  • Connections to jobs and internships

Athlete Mentor Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities has partnered with UWantGame to pilot the Athlete Mentor Program (AMP), designed to help student athletes balance the challenges of academics, athletics, and skill development while preparing them for success after high school. Whether they’re competing in sports, exploring higher education opportunities, or finding an ideal career, students thrive with the guidance of a mentor, especially one who has similar interests, experiences, and challenges. As former student-athletes themselves, AMP mentors are uniquely qualified to guide students in juggling the demands of school and sports.

Learn more about our AMP Partnership
Read more about AMP on our blog