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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 7,000 Ohio kids in one-to-one mentoring relationships and at our Camp Oty’Okwa. In addition, MENTOR 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.

Watch Kenny and Daryle's Story

How Do Bigs And Littles Get Matched?

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.

Our Programs

How Do I Become A Mentor?


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.

I'm ready to volunteer!

Still Have Some Questions?

Please get in touch if you want more information. We want to talk to you!

From Our Community

From the social networks

BBBScentralOH on Facebook

#StaffSpotlight: Mark Hameed, Match Support Specialist

Join us in welcoming Mark to #BBBSCO! He has been with us for about 2 months and says, “Where there is an entity contributing compassion, love, and empathy to communities that need it, I’m going to be there.”

Fun Facts about Mark:

▶️ When he was younger, and his parents would ask "what did you want to be when you grew up?" He said Spiderman!

▶️He’s been working with nonprofits since 2013 and continues to enjoy supporting his community in any way he can.

▶️ He has been singing since he was a baby and loves to write poetry.

▶️His favorite childhood movie: Tarzan – he loves the music!

We are excited to have Mark join the team! Thank you, Mark, for being a #DefenderofPotential in Central Ohio!
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Through training and support Mentor Central Ohio, a department of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, is helping Trumbull County Juvenile Family Court system in Warren, Ohio. MENTOR Central Ohio had an inspirational time educating about the Elements of Effective Practice and Mentor Training.

Visit to learn more about MENTOR Central Ohio and their training programs.

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Join us for the Annual Match Halloween Party. There will be fun spooky activities, a dance party, trick-or-treating, food, and fun! Costumes are encouraged!
Thursday, October 24th from 6-8PM

Register today:

#LittleSuggestions #MatchOuting #Bigs #Littles #HappyHalloween
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There’s still time to reserve your seat! RSVP today for our 86th Annual Meeting and Luncheon at The Ohio Union, on Oct. 29, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

To reserve your complimentary seat and lunch, visit today.
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#Big Vaneta & #Little Amanda have a great time as a #Match. From visiting the Newport Aquarium to celebrating the 4th in style - they have a blast.

Share the impact. Share your story. Tell us how your match makes a difference in their life... and yours:

#Ignitepotential #MentorIRL #Shareyourstory
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