Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
For more than 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams Counties has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As part of the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles) in York and Adams Counties. The organization develops positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. These programs help children achieve higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, increased avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success.
Community Based Mentoring Program
Linda Gorter, Director of Programs: 717-843-0051 x108
The Community-based Mentoring Program’s purpose is to help youths facing adversity develop into successful adults by providing them with nurturing one-to-one mentoring relationships. A child (Little) and an adult mentor (Big) are matched together and engage the local community together. This positive adult contact and interaction with the community helps to reduce the risk factors that lead to negative behaviors and enhance the protective factors that promote positive behaviors in the child’s life.
Children served: Ages 6-14
SMART (school based) Program
Leah Woodward, SMART Program Manager: 717-843-0051×104
The purpose of the school based SMART Program (Students and Mentors Achieving Results Together) is to address the academic and social issues facing elementary school students in need (Littles) by matching them with positive older role models from local high schools and colleges (Bigs). A goal of the program is that weekly interactions between Bigs and Littles will lead to positive mentoring relationships that will help the Littles succeed and thrive, both in and outside the classroom. In addition, Bigs who may believe that their young age may be an obstacle to them making a significant difference in the area, will be given opportunities to improve their communities by bettering the lives of local children.
Children served: 1st – 5th grade Adams County
227 W. Market St. Suite 102 York, PA 17401
18 Carlisle St. Suite 109 Gettysburg, PA 17325
Michael Smith, Executive Director 717-843-0051 x101