Mentoring is the act of providing guidance and friendship to someone who could use a role model for life’s choices and decisions. Through mentoring, volunteers can help others reach goals and improve self-esteem. When mentoring children, volunteers offer to help build a strong foundation for youth as they grow.




More frequently asked questions include:

How Does Mentoring Work?

Someone volunteers to develop a relationship with a young person, offering support and guidance. By spending time together, learning new things, and enjoying friendship, the mentor helps the young person make better life choices.

Why Choose This Program Over Others

Big Brothers Big Sisters pioneered youth mentoring in 1904. We are the industry leader in mentoring services to children. An independent national study surveyed our programs and methods spanning a five-year period. This research found that children involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs were more likely to graduate and stay out of trouble when compared to their peers without mentors. They also found that youth enrolled in our program improved their school grades and relationships with others.

Our program has proven results.

What Areas Do You Serve

We serve youth throughout Allegheny, Greene, and Washington Counties.

What are Some Good Ideas for Outings with My Little

Share an activity that gives you something in common to talk about. Go to the library, check out a book and read together. Buy a comic book to read together. Play a board game. Go on a nature walk. Hit a bucket of golf balls at the local driving range. Take a ride in the car with the radio on and talk about the music you like. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. For children, playing can be learning. Most important: keep it simple and enjoy yourselves!

If you are a community-based Big, be sure to request access to our Bigs Only section for exclusive access to event tickets.

How Much Money Should I Spend

The quality of the time you invest with your Little is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is to help your Little see the world through a different lens so you can inspire your Little to become something they never thought possible. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. Play a game together, or share that pizza that you were going to have for lunch anyway. Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies offer donor-supported group activities that are a great way to meet other Bigs and Littles. As a Big, you may also receive notices for free tickets to cultural and sports activities for you both to enjoy.

Can I Bring my Spouse, Family Member or Friend to Outings?

In the beginning it’s most important for you and your Little to get to know each other. This can happen best on a one-to-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for your Little to get to know the people who are important to you. Just keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others, your Little may begin to feel left out. The main focus is the friendship you develop with your Little.

What Kind of Support Can I Expect from BBBSPgh Once I get Matched?

Once you are matched with your Little, a Match Support Specialist from the agency will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Any time you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you will have a Match Support Specialist there to help. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.


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