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Our Programs

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We are the oldest, largest, most studied, and most proven mentoring program.  We continually prove, through independent research, to change the lives of youth, for the better, forever.

Community-Based

Community-Based matches do activities in public such as going to a park, out to eat, or to a baseball game. This offers the match the freedom to choose what they do together and where and when they have their outings.

  • Children in this program are typically between the ages of 7-14 but can be matched between ages 5-17 and remain matched throughout high school.

  • A strong partnership between the Little's Parent or Guardian and the volunteer is key to developing a successful Community-Based match.

Site-Based

Site-Based matches meet at a specified site such as a school, The Boys & Girls Club, or another organized after-school program. The matches can participate in a planned activity or do something on their own together such as Ping Pong, games, crafts, or cooking.

 

This program provides a structured environment that offers plenty of activities and resources for a match to have fun together.

  • Some schools bus children to the Boys and Girls Club, or the parent can transport the child there.

  • To enroll a child in Site Based the child must be between the ages of 5-17 but can remain matched until age 18.

  • Parent or Guardian involvement is less than the Community-Based program, but they do provide information that helps with matching their child appropriately and match updates to BBBS staff a few times annually.

Site-Based+

Site-Based Plus is a hybrid program combining aspects of the Community Based program with a site where the match can meet regularly to take advantage of the organized activities and other resources provided there.

  • As with a Community-Based match, a strong partnership with the Little's Parent or Guardian is key to developing a successful Site-Based Plus match.