Our Unique Programs

Our mentoring programs offer unique models for each match to grow and thrive.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides one-to-one mentoring matches for children in Hampshire County between the ages 6-18. Bigs and Littles are matched based on similar personality and interests, and spend time together doing things they both enjoy. Read below to learn more about the different types of matches we offer, and contact us at bbbshc@chd.org to get involved!

Community-based matches

Littles in this program are matched with Bigs who live or work in Hampshire County. These Bigs can be college students, working folks, or retirees who have a few extra hours each week to spend with a child, and access to a vehicle. These matches are often able to meet year-round.

Site-based matches

In our Kids-to-Campus programs, Littles are matched with college students at Amherst College, UMass Amherst, Smith College or Mt. Holyoke and they meet with their Bigs on campus after school once per week during the school year. They eat dinner, hang out on campus, and then ride the bus home. UMass students in site-based matches take a one-semester course about community service learning when they join the program.

Adoption Mentoring Partnership matches

AMP is a program in partnership with the Rudd Adoption Research Program at UMass for children and college students who are adopted. These are community matches, but the college students take a bi-weekly class to learn more about adoption as part of their participation in the program.

Children are not excluded on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, gender, marital status of parent/guardian, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability; and volunteers are not excluded on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or disability.

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