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 Program: Children and youth (ages 6-18) are matched with an adult volunteer mentor based on interests, preferences, and backgrounds. Matches participate together in activities in the community on their own — 3-5 hours minimum, once or twice each month. Matches attend or participate in sporting events, go to the library, attend cultural activities, or just hang out based on a schedule that works for them.
  • Site-based Mentoring Program: Operating at 23 school sites around the Pittsburgh region (two in Washington County), the program matches adult, college, or high school volunteers with elementary or 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 (STEM, arts and crafts, sports, and games). Each program site is coordinated, facilitated, and supervised by a BBBSPGH staff member.
  • BBBSPGH also coordinates and provides free or low-cost events and activities to all of our matches. Through partnerships with Tickets for Kids, local sporting organizations (Steelers, Pirates, Penguins), and educational and cultural organizations (museums, theaters, comedy clubs, etc.), matches are able to participate in or attend events that appeal to their interests or hobbies.

Primary Revenue Sources

Government contracts, private foundations, fundraising events, individual giving

Primary Fundraising Event

The BIG Bash

2018 Financials

Federal Tax ID25-6074707
Net Assets$2,271,268


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

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