FOREVER FRIENDSHIPS. PROVEN RESULTS.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been the premiere one-to-one mentoring service in the Granite State since 1966. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Since merging to form a statewide agency in 2015, we serve more than 1,000 children in life-changing relationships. Our one-to-one mentoring program addresses the needs of children facing adversity by creating, fostering, and supporting strong one-to-one relationships between youth and caring volunteer adult mentors.

COMMUNITY BASED MENTORING

The community-based program is our "traditional" mentoring program, where Bigs and Littles are matched in a one-to-one friendship based on gender, interests, personalities, and geographic locations. Volunteers are carefully screened and trained to create a positive impact by sharing their friendship, guidance, and support. Pairs meet at least twice per month for a couple hours to spend quality one-on-one time together, and form meaningful memories just by hanging out.

Mentors take the time to listen, encourage, and model positive behavior while doing everyday activities. Each match is professionally supported by a Match Support Specialist, who is there to support and advise Bigs and parents on this journey.

 

Volunteer Requirements

- Minimum age of 18
- Have the desire to become a friend to a child in need of friendship
- Must commit to the program for at least one year
- Have a clean driving record
- Pass an annual background check as required by law
- Take your Little on at least two outings per month for a few hours at a time
- Communicate with your Match Support Specialist at least once a month to provide updates

 

Youth Requirements

- Accepting applications for ages 6-17
- Must commit to at least one year in the program

SITE BASED MENTORING

Our site-based program includes mentoring at schools and after-school programs. Our Beyond School Walls workplace mentoring initiative (described below) is also a part of our site-based program.

Site-based mentoring brings Bigs to schools and after-school sites to provide support and encouragement to Littles who have been identified by teachers, counselors or after-school staff as children who can benefit from a caring mentor. Littles meet their Bigs once a week over a lunch period or after school, and engage in activities that encourage the child’s academic and personal development. Bigs and Littles spend quality time, talking, reading, shooting hoops, playing on the playground. Lessons learned through the site-based program could be anything from help with homework to a greater sense of confidence to a new perspective on staying in school. Mentors for this program include adults as well as screened and trained high school and college students.

 

Volunteer Requirements

- Minimum age of 16
- Participate in mentoring activities one day a week in the afternoon on a consistent weekly basis
- Must commit to the program for at least one year
- Pass an annual background check as required by law
- Responsible for transportation to nearby site location
- Communicate with your Match Support Specialist at least once a month to provide updates

 

Youth Requirements

- Parental approval​
- Participate in mentoring activities one day a week in the afternoon on a consistent weekly basis

 

Beyond School Walls

This site-based initiative matches a local corporation with schools in our community. Employee Bigs are matched, one-to-one with a child from the partner school and the matches meet in a group setting a couple times a month at the partner corporation. This program provides the opportunity for youth to experience careers and professions they may not have even known were possibilities. Watch the video below to learn more about our Beyond School Walls program at one of our corporate partners, Manchester-based CCA Global Partners.