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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 7,900 Ohio kids in one-to-one mentoring relationships and at our Camp Oty’Okwa. In addition, MENTOR 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.

Our Programs

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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Still Have Some Questions?

Please get in touch if you want more information. We want to talk to you!

From Our Community

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#DidYouKnow Earth Day is April 22nd? Green Columbus is hosting an event at Genoa Park where there will be activities, food trucks, and more! To see a full schedule, visit http://ow.ly/w1lj30iYmhr. #BBBSCentralOH #EarthDay

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Visit any local Nurtur The Salon location on Monday, April 23 from 9-3 and enjoy the services listed below by providing a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters and our Camp Oty'Okwa. Thanks to our great friends at Nurtur The Salon! #BBBSCentralOH ... See MoreSee Less

Visit any local Nurtur The Salon location on Monday, April 23 from 9-3 and enjoy the services listed below by providing a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters and our Camp OtyOkwa. Thanks to our great friends at Nurtur The Salon! #BBBSCentralOH

#DidYouKnow April 19th is National High Five Day? Join the conversation by using #NH5D and show off your high five skills! And a BIG virtual high five to all of our mentors for doing an incredible job with our children! #BBBSCentralOH ... See MoreSee Less

#DidYouKnow April 19th is National High Five Day? Join the conversation by using #NH5D and show off your high five skills! And a BIG virtual high five to all of our mentors for doing an incredible job with our children! #BBBSCentralOH

Want to spend Earth Day outside enjoying nature? Join our Camp Oty'Okwa in the Hocking Hills for the Birds in the Hills Festival from April 20-22! There will be activities for all ages! For more information and to see a full schedule, visit ow.ly/Hq9Z30jaltT! #BBBSCentralOH ... See MoreSee Less

Want to spend Earth Day outside enjoying nature? Join our Camp OtyOkwa in the Hocking Hills for the Birds in the Hills Festival from April 20-22! There will be activities for all ages! For more information and to see a full schedule, visit http://ow.ly/Hq9Z30jaltT! #BBBSCentralOH

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Have you made a trip to Duck Donuts yet? Don't forget! All throughout April they are having a promotion benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters! Donate $1 to BBBS and receive a free donut on a later visit...