Community-based Program

Adult community members (18 years and older) are matched with children from ages 6-12. They spend 8-10 hours a month with their Littles doing activities that build friendship and trust. Littles often become part of their Big’s life and vice versa. Bigs always say that they get more out of the relationship than the Little. To find out more about being a Big Brother or Big Sister, please take a look at Quick Facts and Frequently Asked Questions


Process to become a Big

  • Submit Application and Background Check Form
  • Interview with a Mentor Manager
  • Get approved to be a Big
  • Get matched with a Little

To begin the process, complete

Print and send the documents to us at:

1085 E. Genesee Street

Syracuse, NY 13210

Please also send a copy of your driver’s license and vehicle insurance card. Your application cannot be processed without these items.  Please do not email these forms, as they must be mailed or hand delivered in order to process. BBBS is required to obtain original copies of signed Application and signed Background Check form.

After you apply:

  • We will call your references (please provide a daytime telephone number). Let them know we’ll be calling and will need only a few minutes of their time.
  • A Mentor Manager will contact you to set up an interview.
  • Before you are matched, you’ll be asked to attend a short “Volunteer Orientation.”

If you feel you cannot make a commitment of 8-10 hours per month for one year, perhaps you would like to volunteer “now and then” for one of our staff-supervised mentor-for-a-day events where you will be matched up with one of the children from our waiting list for a few hours of fun activities. It’s a great way to find out if mentoring is really for you.

School-based Program

The School-based Program matches elementary school children with college and high school students to spend time together in after-school programs, helping their Littles with homework, playing games, crafting, going on field trips, and more. We provide transportation and on-site supervision and guidance for each session. School-based programs are set up with the schools. See this list of schools and colleges who are currently participating in this program. If your school or college is on that list, please contact your BBBS office (see information below).

If you have any questions or just want to let us know about your interest in Big Brothers Big Sisters, send email us at or call us at (315) 470-3369 ext. 307.