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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.

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 be a mentor, just a desire to help a child succeed. It is about developing a consistent friendship and empowering a child to succeed. It will be one of the most enjoyable and 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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Still Have Some Questions?

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

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Join us for Earth Jam 2017 on May 23, the amazing charity runway show that displays the talents of Aveda Institute Columbus students. It's a don't miss event - the most avant-garde hairstyling and fashion runway show of the year, and all revenue will benefit our environmental education programs at our Camp Oty'Okwa. For more information and tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/aveda-earth-jam-fashion-benefit-2017-tickets-33532150565 ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for Earth Jam 2017 on May 23, the amazing charity runway show that displays the talents of Aveda Institute Columbus students. Its a dont miss event - the most avant-garde hairstyling and fashion runway show of the year, and all revenue will benefit our environmental education programs at our Camp OtyOkwa. For more information and tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aveda-earth-jam-fashion-benefit-2017-tickets-33532150565

Can you say bowling? Our good friends at Ten Pin Alley have announced that they will donate a portion of every summer bowling pass to support our work. Bowl all summer and help our kids! And if you are a Big, you qualify for a discounted pass. Visit their website for more details: www.tenpinalley.com ... See MoreSee Less

Can you say bowling? Our good friends at Ten Pin Alley have announced that they will donate a portion of every summer bowling pass to support our work. Bowl all summer and help our kids! And if you are a Big, you qualify for a discounted pass. Visit their website for more details: www.tenpinalley.com

O'Charley's just started a great campaign to support our work! Stop in and eat at any O'Charley's in our area between now and May 14, and donate $5 while you are there. O'Charley's will give you a $5 off coupon valid on another visit any time through July 31! Thanks, O'Charley's! ... See MoreSee Less

OCharleys just started a great campaign to support our work! Stop in and eat at any OCharleys in our area between now and May 14, and donate $5 while you are there. OCharleys will give you a $5 off coupon valid on another visit any time through July 31! Thanks, OCharleys!

Is brunch your favorite meal? Columbus Underground will be supporting our kids again this year by donating some of the proceeds of their very popular Best Bites: Brunch event on April 20, 7-10 pm. Get your tickets now: www.bestbit.es. Thanks, Columbus Underground! ... See MoreSee Less

Is brunch your favorite meal? Columbus Underground will be supporting our kids again this year by donating some of the proceeds of their very popular Best Bites: Brunch event on April 20, 7-10 pm. Get your tickets now: www.bestbit.es. Thanks, Columbus Underground!

Good news to share from one of the 9th graders in our school-based mentoring program. He just received his 3rd Q grade report – and it was a 4.0! He’s not carrying an easy schedule; that includes straight As in: Mathematics, Physical Science, Literature & Composition, World History, Spanish, Health, Physical Education and Music. This turnaround came after he struggled academically in 8th grade. All this with his mentor at his side. Way to go! ... See MoreSee Less

Ready to hit the links at beautiful York Golf Club in Worthington? Join in the 4 person scramble benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. Visit here for details and to register: www.cocgo.org. ... See MoreSee Less

Ready to hit the links at beautiful York Golf Club in Worthington? Join in the 4 person scramble benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. Visit here for details and to register: www.cocgo.org.