School-Based Mentoring Programs

It may sound obvious, but sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at school. Kids enjoy having their Bigs meet with them there, whether it's in the classroom or on the playground. And parents know what a positive impact it makes.

What is a School-Based Mentoring Program?

School Based Programs—Meet 1 hour a week

Youth, grades 2nd through 6th, are matched with high school, college or community volunteers. Many volunteers are needed to serve as friends and mentors as well as help strengthen developmental assets through activities and projects.


- A partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters and area schools

- To enhance student success

- Serving student "Littles" in Grades 1-6

It's teacher-approved.

Some of the biggest supporters of our School-Based Mentoring program are actually teachers. They see students come back from their time with their Big filled with confidence, smiling big, ready to learn and eager to succeed.

How Does It Work?

- Big/Little matches meet at the student's school for 1 hour each week

- Big Brothers Big Sisters' staff are onsite during the programs

- Big/Little matches participate in reading and math activities, science experiments, crafts and games.

Learning about life.

Although it takes place at schools, our School-Based Mentoring program isn't limited to the classroom. Of course, some Littles do talk with their Bigs about class, or do homework, or read together, but it's perfectly fine to shoot hoops in the gym or play on the playground. At the end of the day, it's really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring them to reach their potential.


What Impact Will I Have?


- Help student Littles discover ways to make school and learning fun

- See Littles improve their self confidence, behavior, school performance

- Develop friendships to change children's lives for the better...forever

At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we have tremendous confidence in our ability to impact children and put them on the right path. But it means even more when an outside study comes to the same conclusion. Click to learn more about our Nationwide School-Based Mentoring Study.

Where Can I Be A Big?


Maysville Elementary (Lunch Buddies) 11:45-1:00

Larry Miller Intermediate 11:30-12:00, 12:00-12:30


Frazeysburg Elementary (End of Day) 2:45-3:45

West Muskingum Elementary (Lunch Buddies) 11:00-11:40, 12:10-12:50


John McIntire Elementary (Lunch Buddies)
11:40-12:15 or 12:20-1:00 or 1:00-1:45

West Muskingum Middle School (Lunch Buddies) 11:25-12:00


Nashport Elementary (End of Day) 2:45-3:25

Zane Grey Elementary (Lunch Buddies) 11:45-1:15


South Elementary (Lunch Buddies) 12:00-12:30, 12:30-1:00