A Quick Overview of BBBSLI’s Mentoring Programs

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America have received national recognition for improving the attitudes, behaviors and relationships of at-risk children and adolescents. Locally, the Long Island chapter has a proven track record of enriching the lives of ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ through participation in its mentoring programs.

Community-Based Mentoring Programs


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s community-based mentoring programs create professionally supported one-to-one matches between local youth and caring adult volunteers.

‘Bigs’ are matched with children who could significantly benefit from additional support and guidance due to family or environmental factors.

BBBSLI volunteers, who come from a variety of diverse backgrounds, commit to being a mentor for at least one year. During that time, they pledge to meet with their ‘Little’ a minimum of twice a month for about two to four hours.

Together our matches enjoy many affordable and enriching activities, including:

  • Visiting museums
  • Picnics in the park
  • Playing board games
  • Taking hikes
  • Sharing ice cream

Every one of our matches is unique. They may meet on weekends or weekday evenings. It all depends on how chosen activities fit into the schedules of ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles.’

BBBSLI interviews, screens and trains all its volunteer mentors. We monitor all matches throughout the life of the relationship.

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Site-Based Mentoring Programs

Our site-based programs match volunteer mentors with children who could benefit from a positive role model. Matches meet in a supervised setting at a pre-determined site.

High School Mentoring

In regular meetings, high school and college mentors may provide homework assistance, friendship and, of course, a positive influence.

Through one-to-one interactions and group activities, mentees gain confidence and build leadership skills. Young mentors learn what it’s like to make a positive impact on their community.

Long Island high schools that participate in our program include:

  • Hampton Bays
  • Long Beach
  • North Babylon
  • Sag Harbor
  • Southampton

College Mentoring

  • Hofstra University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Joseph’s College

Workplace Mentoring

Workplace mentoring programs give students the opportunity to visit real job sites and engage in one-to-one relationships with successful Long Island professionals. The program focuses on helping local youth explore careers and set personal goals.

We currently partner with these two organizations:

  • OpenLink
  • Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Through participation in these programs, our ‘Littles’ typically show tremendous improvement in crucial aspects of their lives, including school attendance, drug use and criminal behavior.

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  • Elizabeth flores
    Apr 29, 2017 at 09:46 am

    Hello i have a question do u have any programs for kids who are 15 years,old let me know I will appreciate that thank you.

    • Amy Sledz-Sarin
      May 01, 2017 at 11:37 am

      Hi Elizabeth – Children up to age 16 can apply to be enrolled in our program. For more information you can either visit the “Enroll A Child” page of our website where you can enter your zip code and fill out an inquiry form to have someone from our team contact you. Fore questions or information you can also reach out to our Intake Specialist named Gabriella Ramirez at or call her at 516-731-7880 X212. Thank you!

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