All kids need someone to relate to. This program pairs African-American children with African-American mentors who provide additional support and help them see they can achieve anything they want to in life.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has a special online resource for African-American mentoring relationships, called Mentoring Brothers. Check it out >
Fraternities Making a Pledge
Big Brothers Big Sisters is fortunate to have the devoted support of three major African-American fraternities. Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi have each developed unprecedented initiatives within their brotherhood to get more men involved as both volunteers and donors. Learn more >
Native American Mentoring
We recognize how important it is for Native American children to have positive role models in their lives—volunteers that understand their circumstances and can help guide them toward a more positive future. It’s so critical, in fact, that we’ve created the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Native American Mentoring Initiative.
The initiative is designed to both encourage and recruit greater numbers of Native American children and adults to participate. The program is run under the guidance of formal and informal American Indian/Alaska Native Advisors and elders, American Indian/Alaska Native board members and community organizations to help ensure our programmatic approaches are culturally relevant, strategic and sustainable for the future.
Become a Native American Advisor or Board member, or help create a partnership with a Native American tribe, organization or business. Contact your local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency >
Having a mom or dad in prison can make growing up more difficult. Children with an incarcerated parent often need additional support and guidance. Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi program helps broaden their perspectives on what they can achieve in life.
Amachi, a Nigerian word of hope from the Ibo people, means “who knows but what God has brought us through this child.” Our Amachi Program connects children with role models from all walks of life, but particularly those from local religious organizations. Houses of worship and their members are able to provide a safe, stable environment for children to develop into responsible young men and women.
Children with a parent in the military, including a deployed parent, face unique challenges that may include separation and loss in addition to the stresses of military life. To help provide the additional support these children need, Big Brothers Big Sisters has established a program called the Military Mentoring Program. It joins children of parents in the military with Bigs who are in the military, ROTC or military school. This program has recently been given significant support through a partnership with the T. Boone Pickens Foundation as well as The Jack in the Box Foundation. In addition, Big Brothers Big Sisters has established a Military Community Advisory Council to advise our organization on policy and practices related to mentoring children in the military community.
For a list of participating military installations, click here.
Our Future. And Theirs.
In order to expand Mentoring Military Children to additional cities and ensure we are making the greatest impact possible on these kids, funding is critical. Your donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters can help make this unique program available to more and more children who need a role model. With additional resources, we could expand our military-related services to more cities across America.