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Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the premise that one caring adult (Big) can make a significant difference in the life of a child (Little). Big Brothers Big Sisters enrolls children aged 5-16 years to match them in one-on-one mentoring relationships that center on doing quality-time activities together. Currently, the program has site-based and community-based options.

Program Options:

Community-Based Mentoring:

This program matches youth, ages 5-16 years ,with adults for one-to-one mentorship and friendship. Matches meet on their own schedule, 2-4 times a month doing things that they both enjoy. Matches last a minimum of one year but can be as long as desired or until the child graduates from high school or turns 19 years old. The volunteer must have their own reliable insured vehicle.

Site-Based Mentoring:

This program matches elementary school children with residents of Centre County, college students, or high school students. These programs run for one full academic year. The next cohort will run from September 2022 through the end of April 2023. Matches meet at the same meeting location (often a local school) on the same day each week. Most site-based programs are supported by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff.

How a Big Becomes a Big (and a Little a Little)

A lot of things have to happen before we make a match. All of our Bigs go through a thorough background check and careful interview process. We then match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities, and preferences.  Along the way, we provide full support — so that matches can grow into lasting friendships.

Interested in becoming a Big? CLICK HERE to sign up for a non-committal information session.

If you would like to refer a child ages 5-16 years to the program, CLICK HERE.

Unable to volunteer at this time but still want to help?

Financial donations are always welcome and your contribution WILL make a BIG difference by:

  • Helping us to recruit volunteers
  • Ensuring that trained professionals match children to caring and responsible Bigs
  • Offering one-on-one, ongoing supervision and support for every match
  • Providing cultural and social activities to enrich the opportunities for children

In addition, the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program has specified funds to pay for educational supplies/opportunities for our Littles as well as activities for our matches. If you would like to contribute to one of these funds, please contact the BBBS Program Director, Rebecca Lord, at rlord@ccysb.com.