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Big Brothers Big Sisters

About This Resource

Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BB/BS) is a federation of more than 500 agencies that serve children and adolescents. The basic concept of the BB/BS program is not to ameliorate specific problems, but to provide support in all aspects of young people's lives through a professionally supported one-to-one relationship with a caring adult. During their time together, the mentor and youth engage in developmentally appropriate activities, such as walking; visiting a library; washing the car; playing catch; attending a play, school activity, or sporting event. Individual programs are customized to local needs while a national infrastructure oversees recruitment, screening, matching, and supervision to ensure that quality mentors are selected; that good mentor-mentee matches are made; and that these relationships receive adequate staff supervision and support.

Crime Solutions from National Institute of Justice Registry

Rating: Effective


National Dropout Prevention Center Registry

Rating: Strong Evidence


Cost Information: 

No cost information available

Who This Resource Is For


  • Mentoring
  • Support Tier: 

  • Tier 1
  • Tier 2
  • Age Range: 

  • Middle
  • High
  • Language: 

  • English
  • Ethnicity: 

  • African American/Black
  • American Indian/Alaska Native
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • White
  • Community Type: 

  • Inner City
  • Rural
  • Suburban
  • Urban