is to serve all eligible youth seeking a caring, positive adult role model in their life. Together we can change the direction of their life! OUR GOAL

Our Vision

“All youth achieve their full potential.”


By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:

  • Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
  • Avoidance of risky behaviors
  • Educational Success

Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Overview of Services

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentoring services to youth.  Staff screen volunteers, make matches based on common interests, and provide support to mentors, children served, and their parent/caregivers throughout the life of the match.

Community-based Program

The traditional program focuses on matching one adult volunteer, age 18 or older, with one child or youth between the ages of 6 -16. Matches share time together engaging in mutually agreed upon recreational/leisure activities within the community. Matches are required to spend between 4-12 hours a month together and meet 3 times per month. Mentors are asked to make an initial one-year commitment although many community-based matches continue over multiple years. This service is available throughout Jefferson, Elk, and McKean Counties and the DuBois Area School District zip codes.

Site-based Program

In site-based programs volunteers, age 16 and older, mentor children and meet weekly at a designated site location such as a school, community center or business. Matches always meet at the site. Like the community-based program, site-based matches are made on a one-to-one basis and relationship building is still the focus. Site-based matches are encouraged to plan and participate in mutually determined games and fun leisure activities that can be facilitated within the site location. Due To COVID-19 program locations are being determined.


As an alternative to meeting in person during COVID-19, virtual options are being developed.  Matches in eMentoring will meet through Google Classroom and/or TheApp (created by National Big Brothers Big Sisters) and engage in online activities and conversation.  Volunteers, age 16 and older, can mentor through this option.


As an evidence-based program with proven positive outcomes for youth, our goal is to serve all eligible youth seeking a caring, positive adult role model in their life.  Together we can change the direction of their life! However, we need your help!

Your thoughtful donation will help…

  • BBBS-JEM explore program options to reach as many local youth as possible.
  • Provide group activities for those children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister so they feel connected to the program while they wait.
  • BBBS-JEM reach responsible adults willing to make a positive impact in the life of a child.
  • Provide the screening, training and continued professional support of mentors, children and their families.

We are asking you to “BECOME A DEFENDER OF POTENTIAL” for all youth in our communities.  They need you now more than ever!  All donations remain locally in your county.

The Guidance Center