In today's uncertain world, kids need support now more than ever. The pandemic may have temporarily changed the way our Bigs and Littles connect, but it hasn't changed the impact that a caring adult mentor can have on the life of a child. Learn more about how our youth mentoring programs change the lives of our volunteers, our Littles, and their families. Get to know some of our matches by reading their stories on our blog. Are you ready to ignite potential? Explore our youth mentoring volunteer opportunities to find the right fit for your unique strengths and schedule.
Community-based mentoring is our traditional model. Adult mentors (Bigs) are matched with 8-12 year old youth (Littles) to provide support, encouragement, and friendship. Matches spend time together in the community doing activities they both enjoy on a schedule that works best for them.
Our site-based mentoring program is an opportunity for companies and college students to engage in group volunteering either at the company’s location or the Little’s school. Adult mentors (Bigs) meet one-on-one with youth (Littles) through this employer- or college-sponsored volunteer program at a consistent time and place throughout the school year.
Our Graduation Coaches program inspires high school students to dream big and equips them with the skills needed to turn those dreams into reality. Volunteer mentors coach students at our partner high schools in building academic confidence, improving study skills, cultivating healthy peer relationships, strengthening self-advocacy skills, and developing plans for a career or post-secondary education following graduation.
Free Arts leverages the power of mentoring by providing children with a safe place for artistic expression and self-discovery. This program offers two scheduling models to offer you more flexibility (and creativity)! Caring adult volunteers meet with youth at one of our partner sites throughout the Twin Cities and participate in art projects with their Littles.
Innovative Programming offers unique mentoring programs and pilot initiatives that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brother Big Sisters offers specialized opportunities to volunteers and other organizations to help Littles in particular areas of interest such as college access, workforce readiness, and athletics. By combining resources and talents, these visions turn into pilot programs or special initiatives that benefit the youth, families, and communities we serve