Showing up is a BIG deal.
The Community-Based program is the traditional program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. An adult volunteer (“Big”) is matched with a child (“Little”) in a professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationship, spending several hours together a couple of times per month.
Sports Buddies is a version of Community-based Mentoring Program that matches adult mentors with youth who have a shared interest in sports, fitness, or just being active.
Big Siblings is a version of Community-based Mentoring Program that matches self-identified LGBTQIA+ youth with LGBTQIA+ volunteer adult mentors in the LGBTQIA+ community. We are the defenders of potential so that EVERY child succeeds in life.
During the school year, a student and a professionally screened and trained volunteer spend time together at a school, community center, or a volunteer’s workplace, supervised by a BBBSPGH staff member.
Students from elementary and middle schools are matched with high school, college, and adult mentors from the community. Mentors visit once a week for an hour during the school year to do homework together, play games, and talk about their challenges and successes during the week.
Littles are matched with employees from corporate partners. Mentors and mentees meet twice a month throughout the school year.
BIGS IN BLUE
Bigs in Blue connects youth with police and other law enforcement professionals to build strong, trusting, and lasting professionally supported relationships.
Big Futures pairs teens with working or retired adults and focuses on helping them envision, plan for, and realize success during and after high school. Whether the teen intends to attend college, trade school, or enter the workforce, the mentor helps to empower the teen through guidance, friendship, and encouragement.
During the school year, a student and a professionally screened and trained volunteer work together alongside a technology-based curriculum to achieve high school graduation and career success.
POST SECONDARY PROGRAM (PSP)
Designed for young people after “graduation” from either the Community-Based or Mentor2.0, BBBS PGH’s PSP program staff and mentors assist alumni Littles as they pursue education in college/university or trade school, enlistment in the military and/or living wage employment. Through this program, these young adults are connected to college/university contacts, military recruiters, or employers; experience leadership conferences, job fairs, and social and cultural activities; and have the opportunity to apply for scholarships, internships, or apprenticeships.