Volunteer to start something

School-BasedAs a school-based Big Brother or Sister, you meet at a local school, close to your workplace or home, three to four times a month during the school year. Together, you enjoy lunch and recess time with your Little Brother or Sister. This is not a classroom program, and it's not tutoring – it’s about being a friend to a child.

Learning about life

Meet your Little Brother or Sister once a week during the school year at a local school. Together you can eat lunch, help with homework, play catch, or just share stories.

Become a Big Brother, Sister or Couple
Learn about the Teen Big Program 
Learn about the Community-Based Mentoring Program
Review the Volunteer FAQs


Although it takes place at schools, the program isn’t limited to the classroom. Of course, while some Little Brothers and Sisters will talk to you about class and homework, it’s perfectly fine to just play on the playground. At the end of the day, it's really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring your Little Brother or Sister to reach their potential. 

A proven model

It may sound obvious, but sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at school. Our school-based research found that after just five months of meeting with a Big Brother or Sister for one hour per week:

  • students’ overall academic performance improved in three subjects
  • they had fewer unexcused absences, and
  • fewer instances of misconduct.

      And the impact does not stop with the children we serve. With three Big Brothers and Sisters per classroom, the grades of the entire class improve. With 20-40 Big Brothers and Sisters per school, the achievement scores of the entire school increase.

      Read our Nationwide School-Based Mentoring Study.


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      Green: School-Based (adult only); Yellow: Beyond School Walls; and Blue: School-Based (adult only) and Teen Bigs

      For more information about becoming a school-based Big Brother or Sister, please call our Pre-Enrollment Department at 503-943-5772.

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