Community Based Programs
This is the most well-known Big Brothers Big Sisters national research mentoring model, which matches youth with volunteers who share common interests and activities that they plan together, such as going to the library, completing an arts and craft project or just simply sharing everyday experiences.
General Program - Volunteers make a commitment to develop a relationship with a youth between 9 – 17 years old outside of a school setting at least 4 hours per month for one year. The volunteer is matched with a youth living or working in close proximity in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb, with a particular emphasis on youth in Detroit. BBBS provides mentor orientation, training and ongoing support throughout the duration of the relationship.
Project Pinstripe - A male focused program designed to foster career exploration, readiness and character development
Youth Workforce Opportunity Initiative - engaging youth ages 14-19 in job readiness, educational training and restorative justice programing
Site Based Programs
Bigs and Littles meet for supervised sessions at a dedicated site, such as a school or a community center with adult mentors. Still experiencing a one-to-one mentoring relationship.
Lunch Buddies/After School - Aimed at engaging elementary aged youth during their lunch time, matches explore activities around academic success, self-confidence and decision-making