Community-Based Mentoring

Program Overview

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Connecticut, we believe in the power of mentorship to change lives. Our community-based mentoring program pairs dedicated volunteer mentors (Bigs) with young mentees (Littles) aged 6-14. With a commitment of at least 6-10 hours per month, these mentorship relationships thrive through unstructured outings filled with meaningful conversations and shared activities. As these bonds grow, youth gain confidence, develop new skills, and cultivate empathy – all essential for healthy growth. Our volunteers also find joy in witnessing the world through a child’s eyes.

Our trained enrollment and match support coordinators provide professional support, ensuring that each match flourishes into a lasting and fruitful friendship.

Types of Activities

Unlike our site-based mentoring program, our community-based matches enjoy the freedom to personalize their match activities. With the guidance of our professional match support staff, who provide access to a variety of low-cost or no-cost activities, matches have the flexibility to schedule outings based on shared interests. It’s not about extravagant plans – it’s about spending a few hours each month doing activities you both enjoy. Activities can range from playing catch, reading books, visiting museums, going hiking, baking, playing games, and more.

Volunteer Requirements

We invite individuals aged 21 and above to become Big Brothers or Big Sisters. To be eligible, volunteers must commit to spending at least six hours together each month for a minimum of one year. Our application process includes providing references, passing background checks, possessing a valid driver’s license and auto insurance, and having access to reliable transportation. You’ll also attend an interview with a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Connecticut staff member and a pre-match training session.

Get Involved

Are you ready to make a positive impact? Begin your journey by clicking here to submit a volunteer inquiry, or contact our Director of Community Programs, Tara Gill, at for more information about our programs across the state.

Learn More

Are you ready to shape the future of our youth? To find out more about the Community-Based Program – or for resources to help your mentoring relationships – visit our Agency Matchbook.