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WHAT WE DO

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio is all about mentoring! We match caring volunteers with kids facing adversity to provide professionally-supported, structured mentoring relationships that have a measurable positive impact on our youth, our mentors and our community. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities that fit every schedule: community-based mentoring and school-based mentoring, including PROJECT MENTOR.

Our Ohio Footprint

Our network of affiliated offices serves kids in 14 Ohio counties! Last year, including our affiliated agencies, we served more than 7,400 Ohio kids in one-to-one mentoring relationships and at our Camp Oty’Okwa. In addition, our Mentoring Center of Central Ohio is increasing the quality and quantity of mentoring in Ohio. Our main office is in Columbus, and our family of affiliates includes:

What Does It Take To Be A Mentor?

It doesn't take any special skills or education to mentor in our community-based or school-based (including PROJECT MENTOR) programs, just a desire to help a child succeed. It is about developing a friendship and empowering a child. It will be one of the most fulfilling things you do, and you will be a force for change in our community.

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How Do Bigs And Littles Get Matched?

Common Interests

We spend time getting to know volunteers and kids to make a good match and lasting friendship. Do you both like sports, music or reading? We look for things you have in common so you will have a good basis to develop a friendship.

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How Do I Become A Mentor?

Community

There are many ways to get involved with us! Here are a few: Follow us on social media, advocate for us through your networks, make a donation or provide in-kind support, help beautify Camp Oty'Okwa to prepare for campers, or sponsor a school supply drive or third party event.

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The #Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo are upon us! Today is the "Stuff the Truck" Food Drive. Bring 5 non-perishable food items and receive one free pass for the day! What a great way to spend the day with your little! For more info: ow.ly/HbRA30gByyy #BBBSCentralOH ... See MoreSee Less

The #Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo  are upon us! Today is the Stuff the Truck Food Drive. Bring 5 non-perishable food items and receive one free pass for the day! What a great way to spend the day with your little! For more info: http://ow.ly/HbRA30gByyy #BBBSCentralOH

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As our 2017 Community-based Spotlighted Match, Jaylin and Matt represent ALL of the wonderful mentoring matches in our program! Thanks to Matt and all of our wonderful volunteer Bigs.
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Couldn't be happier and more humbled to be named a Spotlight Match of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. Jaylin and I have grown close the past year and can't wait to see where his ...

As our 2017 Community-based Spotlighted Match, Jaylin and Matt represent ALL of the wonderful mentoring matches in our program! Thanks to Matt and all of our wonderful volunteer Bigs.

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Special thanks to Rockbridge for the year-round support they provide for the kids in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio's programs!
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Our Rockbridge athletes had a fun and injury-free competition to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio during our Annual Flag Football Tournament. Congratulations to all teams and a...

Special thanks to Rockbridge for the year-round support they provide for the kids in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohios programs!