centre county big brothers big sisters
To refer a child to Big Brothers Big Sisters, call our team at 814-237-5731!
“My Big Sister takes me roller skating and to the park. She helps me with my homework and talks to me about all the things I can do when I grow up. I like being with her. She makes me feel like I matter.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre County operates under the premise that one caring adult can make a significant difference in the life of a child. To that end, the program is committed to creating positive friendships that benefit children, volunteers, families, neighborhoods, and the community! Think back on your own childhood. Who was that special person who brought a little magic into your life?
Big Brothers Big Sisters places children in one-on-one mentoring relationships that center on doing activities together. Volunteers meet with their Littles once a week for at least an hour and must make a 9 to 12 month commitment. During their meeting times, Bigs and Littles spend time doing fun activities such as playing at the park, going to the library, or just hanging out and talking.
National research reveals that Littles are more likely to show positive behaviors in school and at home than children not matched with a Big. Our matches are effective because professional staff ensure that the relationships are safe and rewarding for everyone involved. In fact, Bigs consistently say they get even more out of being matched than their Littles!
Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters were:
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs.
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol.
- 52% less likely to skip school.
- 37% less likely to skip a class.
- More confident of their performance in schoolwork.
- One-third less likely to hit someone.
- Getting along better with their families.
Who We Serve
Our program serves children between the ages of 5-17 throughout Centre County.
The first step in becoming a BBBS is to attend an orientation session. View dates below and contact us to sign up.
Click to view dates for orientation sessions.
325 West Aaron Drive
State College, PA 16803
Phone: (814) 237-5731
Voicemail: (814) 237-2224
Fax: (814) 237-2228