Big Brothers Big Sisters is an evidence-based mentoring program that matches carefully screened volunteers with youth ages 6 and older. Matches are made based on common hobbies, interests, and preferences. Matches meet 2-4 times per month, engaging in mutually agreed upon recreational/leisure activities in the community. Each match receives ongoing support provided by a professional casework staff.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nationally recognized program with over 400 affiliate agencies in the United States. Some programs are stand-alone agencies, while others are sponsored by larger non-profit organizations. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson, Elk, and McKean Counties in Pennsylvania is a program sponsored by The Guidance Center. The Guidance Center is a private, non-profit agency that provides a variety of prevention, education, treatment, support, and community outreach services in Northwestern Pennsylvania.