Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

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Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Programs and Services

  • Community-Based Mentoring: This is our core program that provides the most flexibility for both the Big and the Little. It is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship where children and their mentors get together on their own time to share fun activities that they both enjoy. Volunteers are first carefully screened before they are “matched” with children based on backgrounds, interests, and preferences of the mentor, child, and the child’s family.
  • BBBSPGH’s Site-Based Mentoring programs currently operates at elementary and middle Schools in Allegheny, Washington, and Greene Counties. This program matches adult, college, or high school volunteers with elementary of middle school students (ages 8-13) for one-to-one mentoring. Matches meet once a week for 45 minutes to an hour to do homework together, participate in structured activities (STEAM, arts and crafts, sports and games), or to hear from guest speakers on a variety of topics.
  • Bigs in Blue is Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police in communities across the nation, building strong, trusting, and lasting relationships. These relationships can help children develop into confident adults and help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve.
  • Mentor2.0 is an innovative program that combines the evidence-based youth mentoring practices of Big Brothers Big Sisters, with a unique high-school graduation success curriculum and online messaging platform from iMentor – a BBBSPGH partner. The goal of mentor2.0 is to boost academic achievement and decrease high-school drop-out rates, while preparing participating youth for post-secondary pathways – whether it is attending college or trade/vocational school or entering the workforce.
  • BBBSPGH’s “Sports Buddies” Program is a hybrid version of our Community-Based Program. Launched in early 2020 (pre-Covid) as a way to engage more male mentors, the program offers Bigs and Littles agency-facilitated group sports outings that involve attending or participating in sports or fitness activities.

Primary Revenue Sources

Government contracts, private foundations, fundraising events, individual giving

Primary Fundraising Event

The BIG Bash

2020 Financials

Federal Tax ID25-6074707
Net Assets$2,707,787


Name:Karen Berke
Title:Grants Manager
Phone:(412) 204-1247
Address:5989 Centre Avenue, Suite 1
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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