Changing Lives for the Better, Forever
Our Community-Based Mentoring Program allows Bigs and your Little to share activities on their own schedule. Matches typically meet up on weekends or evenings for a couple of hours each week. We encourage free or low-cost activities like bike riding, board games, baking or just taking a walk around the Haymarket.
One of the most important pieces of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln program is that Bigs are able to provide their Littles with a chance to be inspired and try something new. Littles are able to explore new environments and learn skills that they may not have otherwise had an opportunity to experience.
In addition, our CARE program provides mentorship services to youth who are referred to our agency through Diversion Services, as well as those who are identified as at-risk. The CARE program provides support for youth who have had involvement in the juvenile justice system, and our promise is to CARE - Compassion, Advocate, Respect & Educate.
In line with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. In providing inclusive mentoring services, we welcome all people - including children, youth and volunteers from the LGBTQ+ community - to our program. We work with community partners to connect our staff and volunteers with essential trainings and educational opportunities to ensure we are following best practices and providing proper resources to the youth and families we serve.
Role models make an impact
Studies show that children who have role models are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs, or commit crimes. In fact, youth who participate in our program demonstrate improved academic performance, have better relationships with peers and family, and are less likely to become involved with drugs and alcohol.