Community Based Mentoring Programs

BBBSLI makes meaningful, professionally supported 1-to-1 matches between adult volunteers (’Bigs’) and children ages 7-15 (’Littles’), positively impacting the lives of families across Long Island.

All volunteer mentors are interviewed, screened and trained, and BBBSLI provides every match with a professional program team member to monitor the relationship during its entirety. A one year commitment with a minimum of meeting twice a month with their mentee for 2-4 hours enjoying low to no-cost activities is required.

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1-to-1 Match

An adult volunteer from the community is matched with a child who, due to family or environmental factors, could significantly benefit from the additional support and guidance a mentor provides throughout the duration of the match. By spending consistent time together, a meaningful growth and development for the child.

Sibling Support

Raising a child with special needs presents unique challenges. Parents often feel pulled in several different directions and there may be times when the other children in the family need additional attention.

Our Sibling Support Program is part of the Community-Based Mentoring Program specifically focused on matching siblings of the special needs child with a volunteer mentor. Mentors can provide the additional support and individualized attention a sibling may be seeking by providing consistent positive role modeling. The volunteers follow the same guidelines as set forth in our Community Based program, sharing activities, experiences and friendship.


Site Based Programs

Our site based programs match volunteer mentors to children in need of a positive role model. Matches take place in a supervised setting and are professional supported by a program team member throughout the duration of the match. Matches meet regularly, where Bigs provide homework assistance, friendship and model positive behavior.

We provide several different site based programs to children throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Programs Offered:

  • High School Bigs Mentoring

  • College Based Mentoring Programs

  • Workplace Mentoring

Within our College Mentoring and High School Bigs program, elementary school students build an ongoing relationship based on one-to-one interactions and occasional group activities. The younger students (mentees) gain confidence, while the older students (mentors) build leadership skills. Young mentors learn that they can make a difference in the life of a child and have a positive impact on their community.


Our Workplace Mentoring program matches middle school students with employees from a company within the community. This program focuses on career exploration and goal setting in a professional workplace environment. Helping children realize their full potential is the goal of all of our mentoring programs!

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