All About Big Brothers Big Sisters

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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!

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Taste of Class for Kids was a big success! Thanks to Co-Presenting Sponsors, The Champion Companies, Feazel, and Nationwide. Karina Nova was our Emcee. Some of our kids performed improv skits with Sarah Storer of Hashtag Comedy-Columbus, OH. And former Camp Oty'Okwa camper Kevin Diaz kicked things off with a beautiful rendition of "At Last". Thank you for helping us #PowerBigFutures. #BBBSCentralOH
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Taste of Class for Kids was a big success! Thanks to Co-Presenting Sponsors, The Champion Companies, Feazel, and Nationwide.  Karina Nova was our Emcee. Some of our kids performed improv skits with Sarah Storer of Hashtag Comedy-Columbus, OH. And former Camp OtyOkwa camper Kevin Diaz kicked things off with a beautiful rendition of At Last. Thank you for helping us #PowerBigFutures. #BBBSCentralOH

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Thanks to Columbus Underground and Aveda for partnering on the sold-out All Things Brunch event on 4/20. Our Camp Oty'Okwa was the beneficiary of this delicious event! Aveda promoted the 2018 Earth Jam Fashion Benefit on 5/22, which will help more kids attend Camp Oty'Okwa!
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Thanks to Columbus Underground and Aveda for partnering on the sold-out All Things Brunch event on 4/20. Our Camp OtyOkwa was the beneficiary of this delicious event! Aveda promoted the 2018 Earth Jam Fashion Benefit on 5/22, which will help more kids attend Camp OtyOkwa!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio added 2 new photos.

Thanks to ColumbusUnderground.com and Aveda Institute Columbus for partnering on the sold-out All Things Brunch event on 4/20. Our Camp Oty'Okwa was the beneficiary of this delicious event! Aveda promoted the 2018 Earth Jam Fashion Benefit on 5/22, which will help more kids attend Camp Oty'Okwa!
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Thanks to ColumbusUnderground.com and Aveda Institute Columbus for partnering on the sold-out All Things Brunch event on 4/20. Our Camp OtyOkwa was the beneficiary of this delicious event! Aveda promoted the 2018 Earth Jam Fashion Benefit on 5/22, which will help more kids attend Camp OtyOkwa!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio added 2 new photos.

Thanks to Columbus Underground and Aveda Institute Cols for partnering on the sold-out All Things Brunch on 4/20. Our Camp Oty'Okwa was the beneficiary of this delicious event! Aveda promoted the 2018 Earth Jam Fashion Benefit on 5/22, which will help more kids attend Camp Oty'Okwa!
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Thanks to Columbus Underground and Aveda Institute Cols for partnering on the sold-out All Things Brunch on 4/20. Our Camp OtyOkwa was the beneficiary of this delicious event! Aveda promoted the 2018 Earth Jam Fashion Benefit on 5/22, which will help more kids attend Camp OtyOkwa!

#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 ow.ly/w1lj30iYmhr. #BBBSCentralOH #EarthDay ... See MoreSee Less

#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

O'Charley's Give $5 Get $5 ends soon but you can still participate this weekend! Stop in a Central Ohio location through April 22nd to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters and get $5 off your next visit! #BBBSCentralOH #PowerBigFutures ... See MoreSee Less

OCharleys Give $5 Get $5 ends soon but you can still participate this weekend! Stop in a Central Ohio location through April 22nd to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters and get $5 off your next visit!  #BBBSCentralOH #PowerBigFutures