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Looking to get involved? Whether you’re interested in donating, volunteering or enrolling your child, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago offers several types of programs in communities across the country.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago offers volunteers different program options based around the same 1:1 mentoring model. Below are our two core programs - Community Based and Site Based Mentoring. Please click each picture to learn more about the programs and the requirements to participate.

BBBSMC has also launched its innovative online mentoring program, Flex Mentoring, which matches local high school students in high impact one-to-one mentoring relationships with corporate professionals while leveraging the mobility of technology. It offers volunteers the flexibility to mentor on their own time and build a personal connection with a child across distances.

We are happy to help you figure out which program is right for you – just give one of our specialists a call:
Alyssa Del Angel: 312-207-4227
Ashlee McGrown: 312-207-5643


Community Based Mentoring

Volunteers are carefully matched with a child between the ages of 7 and 14 to form a mentoring relationship. Spending time together out in the local community is primarily how matches develop their relationship. After all, to change a child’s perspective of the world, it helps to spend some time out in it.

During outings, Bigs and Littles do every day activities that provide children with the opportunity to discover a world of possibilities for their life. This program is the foundation of our organization, and yields the most positive results in terms of the Littles avoiding risk taking behaviors, doing well in school, and developing into a well-adjusted adult.

Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.

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 Site Based Mentoring

Sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at a school, community center or corporate workplace. Kids enjoy having their Bigs meet with them in a structured environment, whether it’s in the classroom, gym or conference room. And parents know what a positive impact it makes.

Sessions include one-on-one and group activities that facilitate character building and relationship development, as well as having fun. A Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member is on location for all program sessions to facilitate and support the matches. Themes discussed will include academic success, avoiding risky behavior, relationship building and increasing confidence.

The time commitment for this program is typically 2-4 times per month for 1-1.5 hours per session.


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