The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia is a mentoring program that sets up adult volunteers (Bigs) with disadvantaged youths (Littles). They believe that young people can reach their potential through high quality mentoring programs and have three mentoring programs with differing levels of commitment.
Community Based Mentoring involves a Big and a Little developing a friendship by spending time together a few times a month. The timing and frequency is up to you and Big Brothers Big Sisters recommends partaking in free activities like board games, sports or baking.
School-Based Mentoring involves the volunteer meeting with school children in a classroom once a week. Volunteers provide friendship and guidance as well as assistance with school work. The School-Based Mentoring program has been proven to reduce truancy.
The specialised mentoring programs are designed for those with different needs. The Youth Refugee program matches newly arrived refugees with mentors who will help them to adapt to their new environment; the Young Adults Program is for people aged 15 – 25 who need further assistance with the transition into adulthood and the Young Achievers Program places gifted students with mentors who are employed in a related industry.