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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, & Union Counties

(973) 642-2447

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, & Union Counties

Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children ages 6 through 18 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. We have programs in communities across the country — including yours.

Matches come together through our two essential programs:

Community-based mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship, where Bigs and Littles get together on their own to share fun activities they both enjoy. Matches typically meet for one hour a week. Getting together is a great time for both the Big and the Little. It doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a few hours every month to share the simple things you already like to do.

School-based mentoring program: Bigs and Littles meet for one-to-one mentoring in the classroom, school library, school computer room, neighborhood community center, or other set location. Bigs and Littles typically meet once a week to read together, play sports or computer games, or simply talk about life and personal issues – just as friends do.

School-based mentoring is not a tutoring program. However, research has shown that of all children matched with a Big in school:

  • 58% improved their school performance
  • 65% showed higher levels of self-confidence
  • 55% had a better attitude toward school


Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
Community Services
Family & Support Services
Areas Served
  • Essex County
  • Hudson County
  • Union County

Last Updated: 02/16/23