Our Programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia understands that every young person has a unique set of social and emotional needs.

For many young people, these needs are often left unaddressed, hindering their ability to realise their full potential. We want to change this.

How We Work

Our long-term, intensive, one-to-one mentoring programs are designed to respond to the individual needs of young people between 7 and 17 years, particularly those considered to be socially and emotionally isolated. By matching young people with positive adult role models, our mentoring programs provide a safe and supportive space for our next generation to foster a sense of belonging and self-worth. The strong connections built over a long term mentoring match enable young people to increase their sense of belonging, self worth and resilience.

Volunteer mentors, or ‘Bigs’ work alongside their mentee, or ‘Little’, to equip them with the confidence and skills to engage meaningfully with their peers, family and the wider community. With greater self-belief, young people have the opportunity to unlock their potential, creating more fulfilled and connected communities.

Our Programs

Community-Based

Community-Based mentoring is designed to help young people develop a greater sense of belonging and self-worth.

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In-School

In-School mentoring works collaboratively with schools to identify young people who require additional support.

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Online

Our interactive, monitored online mentoring platform 'OurSpace' enables us to provide mentoring support to young people across Australia.

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Young Achievers

Young Achievers program matches young people with mentors working in their field of interest and take part in workshops providing them with unique challenges and leadership opportunities.

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Ensuring We Make the Right Match

Across each of our mentoring programs, we ensure mentoring matches are facilitated safely, efficiently and effectively by:

  • Investing in best-practice recruitment, screening and assessment of volunteer mentors, including psychological testing.
  • Providing ongoing training and support for mentors.
  • Ensuring regular supervision of Bigs and Littles throughout the duration of the mentoring match.
  • Establishing simple feedback loops for mentors, young people and their families / carers.
  • Adhering to internationally recognised quality and safety standards protecting both the rights of the young person and the volunteer mentor.

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