School-Based Mentoring


It may sound obvious, but sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at school. Kids enjoy having their Bigs meet with them there, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground. And parents know what a positive impact it makes.

It’s teacher-approved.

Some of the biggest supporters of our School-Based Mentoring program are actually teachers. They see students come back from their time with their Big filled with confidence, smiling big, ready to learn and eager to succeed.

Learning about life.

Although it takes place at schools, our School-Based Mentoring program isn’t limited to the classroom. Of course, some Littles do talk with their Bigs about class, or do homework, or read together, but it’s perfectly fine to shoot hoops in the gym or play on the playground. At the end of the day, it's really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring them to reach their potential.

At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we have tremendous confidence in our ability to impact children and put them on the right path. But it means even more when an outside study comes to the same conclusion.  

At Big Brothers Big Sisters Northern Sierra We Have Two School Programs. Traditional and Pals.

Pals is a Site Based Facilitated program. This program is different in that the Bigs are in high school and the Littles are in elementary school. They engage with each other at a regularly scheduled time that is overseen by a Program Manager. The meeting time typically occurs during the school day and meetings are not held without supervision or in the community as some of our other programs are. The Pals program is a perfect example of how being apart of a match changes two lives. Each year, the growth of the Bigs and Littles is measurable and incredible for the BBBSNS staff and community to watch. If you know of a school district that would like to be a part of this, reach out to

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Whether you get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a donor, potential Big Brother or Big Sister, partner, advocate, or family member, you have the power to change a child's future for the better.