ProgramSo many ways to get started.

Looking to get involved? Whether you’re interested in donating, volunteering or enrolling your child, Big Brothers Big Sisters offers several types of programs in communities across the country.

Big meets Little.

Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved with them, is possible because of donations from people like you. It’s also why we’re able to offer such a wide variety of programs that pair children, ages 7 through 18, with role models in one-to-one relationships. As a Big Brother or Big Sister, you can choose to be Matched in either a Community-Based Program or a School-Based Program. Within each core or school-based program we have different programs and initiatives that you can participate in such as Sports Bigs or Amachi for Community Mentoring or Operation Bigs as an option for a School-Based Program.

Here is an overview of our programs:

Community Mentoring: Our traditional program of one-to-one mentoring takes place in the neighborhoods and communities that the volunteer and child live in. Bigs and Littles get together at least 2 times a month for 2-4 hours each time. Children from ages 7-17 can enroll at no cost. Community Mentoring Programs: Sports Bigs (Community Mentoring): Volunteers meet with a child twice a month to play sports or attend sporting events. We provide free or low cost tickets to sporting events. Matches also attend ongoing agency sponsored sports clinics. Operation Bigs (Community Mentoring): This specialized program is for children with an active-duty military, veteran, or fallen parent, who could benefit from an added layer of support, during deployment, transition or loss. Amachi (Community Mentoring): Amachi is a specialized program for children of promise. The children in this program have an incarcerated parent. The goal is to break the intergenerational cycle of crime and incarceration by giving them inspiration to reach their highest potential. Additional training is available to help the volunteer better understand the challenges of being a child with a parent incarcerated. Site-Based Programs: Bigs spend one hour each week with their Little at their Little’s school, community center or corporate office. All sessions are supervised and activities are provided. Children must enroll through the partnering school. Operation Bigs: Bigs meet one hour each week with their Little during the school year, after school hours. BBBS works with schools and community centers on Camp Pendleton, Point Loma, Coronado and Murphy Canyon serving children who have an active duty military parent, often those with a deployable parent. Operations Bigs is committed to providing the critical support needed to children who have sacrificed so much. Learn More > High School Bigs: Current High School students volunteer as mentors one hour a week at a neighboring elementary school. All sessions are supervised by a Big Brothers Big Sisters professional staff member and activities are based on mutual interests. Beyond School Walls: A workplace mentoring program, where the children join their Bigs at their office or place of work, twice a month, to discuss topics that aid children with building life and leadership skills, while having fun and building a friendship. Learn more> For more information about all of our programs, contact Bonnie Campbell, Program Director, at or (858) 536-4900 x209.

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