Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio’s (BBBSECO) core one-to-one mentoring programs are designed to create and develop a strong relationship between a child/teen and a mentor. Professional staff carefully match each youth participant (Little) with an adult, volunteer mentor (Big) for a mentoring relationship intended to be long-lasting, engaging, and effective in developing the Little’s potential. All relationships are professionally supported by BBBSECO staff to ensure relationships are sustained over time with productive results. Programs in the core one-to-one mentoring category include community-based mentoring and school-based mentoring.
Community - Based Mentoring
School - Based Mentoring
Additional Match Types
Bigs in Badges
Bigs in Badges is a part of our Community-Based and School-Based Mentoring program. First responders and law enforcement that enroll as Bigs are a part of this program. In addition to the significant benefits of mentoring seen in our primary programs, Bigs in Badges has the added benefit of establishing and strengthening trust between our youth and law enforcement/first responders
Building Brotherhood is a part of our Community-Based Mentoring that provides extra support to Big Brother-Little Brother relationships. The program utilizes our partnership with the YMCA to provide scheduled times where these matches can come together to play sports, swim, or just hang out with other matches. These male mentors are provided with these activites to help give extra support and guidance as they build their relationship with their Little.
Pen Pal Program
The Pen Pal Program was created through a partnership with Newsymom.com as a way to connect all Littles on our Waiting List with a mentor immediately. During enrollment, Littles can opt into our Pen Pal program and be immediately connected with a screened adult that will communicate with them by letters, offering encouragement, support, and just another friend until they are offically matched with their Big.
“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.”
john C. Crosby