Be a Big...


A few hours a month can make
a difference for a lifetime.




School-based Mentoring


Meet weekly with a 4th, 5th, or 6th grade student at their local school to develop a supportive friendship and interact in fun games and activities that build healthy communication and leadership skills. 


Learn more about School-based Mentoring


Be a positive role model.

You have what it takes to be a Big

  • A willingness to provide support, encouragement, and friendship to a child
  • Kindness and patience
  • Good listening skills

You don’t need any special skills

  • A Big needs no prior experience
  • You don't have to have a background in teaching or youth development
  • You are not meant to replace a parent or guardian

You can get started now

  • Commit a few hours twice a month for at least a year
  • Complete a written application, reference and background checks, and interviews
  • You must be at least 21 years old with a valid driver’s license and current car insurance


  • Become a Big and help a child become happier, more fulfilled, and better able to face the challenges of childhood or adolescence. Our Bigs are guys, gals, young, old, working, retired, married and single. No special skills are needed-only a willingness to make a new friend and a desire to have fun with a young person.

Your commitment has a powerful impact on the life of a child.



Spend time doing what you enjoy.


You don't have to change your lifestyle to be a Big.


Go to a ball game or kick a soccer ball around. Play on the computer or go to the library. Take a walk in the park or bake cookies.


Include your Little in your regular activities such as exercising, walking the dog, or listening to music.


The emphasis is on friendship and spending time together.


Littles need YOU to be their role model, their caring friend...their Big.



Research shows that being a Big makes a difference.

Research confirms that successful one-to-one matches of one year or more have lasting positive effects on children.

Littles are:

  • Less likely to begin using alcohol and illegal drugs
  • More likely to improve their academic performance
  • Less likely to skip school
  • Able to get along better with friends and family
  • More likely to improve their self-confidence
  • Be a caring role model and help a child reach his or her potential.


Be a caring role model and help a child reach his or her potential.



You have the support of Jewish Family Service.

We create and support matches that are positive, safe, lasting, and well suited to each child’s needs.


We coordinate fun group activities throughout the year and provide tickets to museums, plays, and sporting events.


Our monthly email newsletter keeps you informed about local kid-friendly events.


We remain in regular contact with you, your Little, and your Little’s family.


You can feel confident that we will help you succeed.



For more information, contact Erin McNew at 766-3328 or or fill out the online contact form. 


Download an application form pdf  or word doc to send in.  Jewish Big Brothers / Big Sisters