Become a Community-based Big

Being a volunteer "Big" is a rewarding, meaningful, and fun experience! Mentoring relationships have a huge impact; helping to increase a child’s educational expectations, attitudes towards risky behavior, and social skills.

Community-based Mentoring

This is our traditional one-to-one mentoring option where children and volunteer mentors meet weekly throughout the Metro Milwaukee community and spend time together engaged in activities they choose based on mutual interest.

Bigs have 2-4 outings/activities per month and maintain weekly communication with a child or "Little."  Outings/activities can be virtual, in-person (following BBBS guidelines), or a combination of virtual and in-person. Some mentoring matches meet on weekends, while others get together in the evenings. 

Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them. Match outings are flexible and easy to plan. Activities can include playing sports, going over schoolwork, visiting a museum, volunteering together, or just hanging out. Big and Littles can participate in 80+ events planned by Big Brothers Big Sisters throughout the year too!

Bigs and Littles are matched based on similar interests, personalities, experiences, and distance from each other.

  • A Big Brother is matched with a Little Brother 6-16 years old.
  • A Big Sister can be matched with either a Little Sister 6-16 years old, or a Little Brother 6-10.
  • Big Couples are matched with a Little Brother 6-10 years old.

Through Community-based mentoring, a child experiences a wide range of new, fun, and educational activities and gains a new perspective of the world.

Are you ready to take the next steps in changing a child’s life? Click the sign up button below, or call our Customer Relations Specialist, at (414) 831-4563 to answer your questions and outline the next steps, including our formal application process.