Big Brothers Big Sisters Program

There are few things in life more rewarding than having a positive impact on a child. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Family Services of NW PA offers the number one mentoring program in the country. We operate under the belief that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides adult role models to children 6 through 13 years of age. Many children in our program come from single family homes.

How it Works:

Volunteers are matched through common interests in hopes that the volunteer is able to enhance the child’s life as well as broaden their horizons. Volunteers are trained to look for teachable moments to develop social, academic, physical skills as well as introduce new hobbies, cultural, recreational, and environmental experiences.

Each year, we provide nearly 25 free group activities to enhance the mentoring relationships. In addition, matches are monitored by a Match Support Specialist to ensure the needs of both the child and the volunteer are met.

Many of our matches become life-long friends and children that participate in the program often grow up to become mentors themselves.

Who Can Volunteer:

Anyone over the age of 18 in Erie or Western Crawford County can become a volunteer mentor. The main requirement is a willingness to be a caring, consistent and safe role model with a desire to have a positive impact on a child.

If you enjoy catching a movie, playing video games, or shooting hoops, then the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program is a perfect fit for you.

Volunteer Qualifications:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and car insurance (must carry $100,000/$300,000 Bodily Injury Coverage)
  • Commitment of at least one year as a volunteer
  • Complete application, assessment and training process in a timely manner
  • Successfully obtain criminal background and child safety clearances

Match Activities:

  • Complimentary YMCA Membership
  • FREE match activities, including the annual Holiday Party, Summer Picnic, and Back to School Event
  • Tickets to local cultural and sporting events, including the Erie Playhouse, Erie Bayhawks, and more

Get Involved:

Today there are nearly 150 kids waiting to be matched with a big brother or big sisters in Erie and Western Crawford County. For more information, complete the form below or contact:

Contact Information:

Erie County
5100 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509
Paula Hayes, Program Director
Phone: 814.866.4566
Email: paulah@fsnwpa.org

Crawford County
18360 Technology Drive
Meadville, PA 16335
Brian DiFonzo, Program Supervisor
Phone: 814.724.4800 x135
Email: bdifonzo@fsnwpa.org

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