Big Brothers Big Sisters strives to provide a mentor for every child who needs or wants one.  We serve children from all walks of life but we pay particular attention to the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration.

Our programs are available in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, and Grays Harbor counties.


Many relationships between Bigs and Littles fall under our Community-Based programs. These are one-to-one outings and activities, doing things they enjoy together, like:

  • Taking a walk in the park
  • Going to a museum
  • Visting the local farmer’s market
  • Listening to music or doing arts and crafts
  • Hanging out and talking

Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them. All Bigs and Littles make a commitment to be matched for at least one year.

Through the generosity of donors, our Community-Based matches often have the opportunity to attend sporting events such as Mariner’s games, and community events and productions such as Ballet Northwest’s The Nutcracker.


School Based

It may sound obvious, but sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at school, and kids enjoy having their Bigs meet with them there.

School-Based programs are currently available in the following counties and districts for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Thurston County: Yelm and North Thurston School Districts
  • Lewis County: Chehalis and Centralia School Districts
  • Pacific County: Raymond, Ocean Beach Willapa Valley, and South Bend School Districts

Contact us to learn more about exact location and meeting times.

Community Center Based

Bigs meet their Little at a local community center, typically one hour a week after school. This allows matches to build a friendship within a structured setting with professional staff support nearby. The activities can include whatever appeals to the Big and Little – from shooting hoops and hanging out to reading a book together.

This program is currently available at the following locations:

  • Tumwater Boys and Girls Club
  • Southside School (Shelton)
  • Olympia Boys and Girls Club
  • Nisqually Middle School

Contact us to learn more about meeting days and times.


Military Student Mentoring is a school-based mentoring program for military connected youth. Volunteers spend lunchtime with their “Littles” once a week at a North Thurston elementary school.


MY STEAM Learning Lab

Mentoring Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math

The MY STEAM Learning Lab is designed to provide access to safe, supportive, and fun STEAM activities, improve school performance and promote higher learning, provide access to STEAM role models, and promote opportunities to explore STEAM careers.

The MY STEAM Curriculum will be implemented within our Bigs in Schools and Bigs in the Community Mentoring Programs and in our Learning Lab. MY STEAM is a flexible, creative, and active-learning component that provides impactful, enriching, mentor-based activities to all matches. Scholarships will be available to youth who do not have sufficient means to cover tutoring and activities costs.

The MY STEAM Learning Lab will offer after school, weekend,
and summer programs for the community.

To learn more, contact


A mentoring program partnering with Tumwater High School, where the high school students communicate with their mentors through online portals as well as meeting up once a month at their high school during the school year. The mission of MentorU is to help high school students develop personal, academic and career skills.

To learn more about this program, contact

Bigs with Badges

Matching middle school youth with law enforcement officers and firefighters

Bigs with Badges connects youth with police and firefighters, building strong, trusting relationships. The officer meets the youth at their school during their lunch hour, and the pair spends time doing activities that interest both such as
board games, sports, or playing cards.

To learn more about this program, contact