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WHAT WE DO

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio is all about mentoring! We match caring volunteers with kids facing adversity to provide professionally-supported, structured mentoring relationships that have a measurable positive impact on our youth, our mentors and our community. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities that fit every schedule: community-based mentoring and school-based mentoring, including PROJECT MENTOR.

Our Ohio Footprint

Our network of affiliated offices serves kids in 14 Ohio counties! Last year, including our affiliated agencies, we served more than 7,900 Ohio kids in one-to-one mentoring relationships and at our Camp Oty’Okwa. In addition, our Mentoring Center of Central Ohio is increasing the quality and quantity of mentoring in Ohio. Our main office is in Columbus, and our family of affiliates includes:

What Does It Take To Be A Mentor?

It doesn't take any special skills or education to mentor in our community-based or school-based (including PROJECT MENTOR) programs, just a desire to help a child succeed. It is about developing a friendship and empowering a child. It will be one of the most fulfilling things you do, and you will be a force for change in our community.

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Common Interests

We spend time getting to know volunteers and kids to make a good match and lasting friendship. Do you both like sports, music or reading? We look for things you have in common so you will have a good basis to develop a friendship.

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There are many ways to get involved with us! Here are a few: Follow us on social media, advocate for us through your networks, make a donation or provide in-kind support, help beautify Camp Oty'Okwa to prepare for campers, or sponsor a school supply drive or third party event.

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#DidYouKnow that March 2 is Read Across America Day? Have you heard about our Literacy Program? It provides an enhanced focus on literacy skills for mentees, starting in 1st grade. BIG thanks to partners Highlights for Children & Zaner-Bloser for providing literacy kits for the program! #BBBSCentralOH #PowerBigFutures ... See MoreSee Less

#DidYouKnow that March 2 is Read Across America Day? Have you heard about our Literacy Program? It provides an enhanced focus on literacy skills for mentees, starting in 1st grade. BIG thanks to partners Highlights for Children & Zaner-Bloser for providing literacy kits for the program! #BBBSCentralOH #PowerBigFutures

#DidYouKnow 293 teams registered, fundraised and joined us for the fun at our 2018 Bowl for Kids' Sake event? Wow - BIG thanks to everyone who helped make it a BIG success. Stay tuned for next year's Bowl for Kids' Sake! #BBBSCentralOH ... See MoreSee Less

#DidYouKnow 293 teams registered, fundraised and joined us for the fun at our 2018 Bowl for Kids Sake event? Wow - BIG thanks to everyone who helped make it a BIG success. Stay tuned for next years Bowl for Kids Sake! #BBBSCentralOH

The mentor of a 2nd grader in our program at Windsor STEM Elementary School sent this to her mentee’s parent: "(She) reads beautifully and never has a problem moving on to the next book for the following week. She must get a lot of practice at home. Thank you for signing (her) up for the program." To learn how you can mentor a child, message us or visit ow.ly/yAj030i79bI #BBBSCentralOH ... See MoreSee Less

The mentor of a 2nd grader in our program at Windsor STEM Elementary School sent this to her mentee’s parent: (She) reads beautifully and never has a problem moving on to the next book for the following week. She must get a lot of practice at home. Thank you for signing (her) up for the program. To learn how you can mentor a child, message us or visit http://ow.ly/yAj030i79bI #BBBSCentralOH

Chanie Scott
Here's Chanie Scott, who recruits our volunteers. She loves meeting all the people in our community who want to give back by mentoring a child! You, too, can volunteer - just message us or visit ow.ly/1kyF30iiO4y. #BBBSCentralOH #PowerBigFutures
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