Like our community-based program, our site-based programs offer one-to-one mentoring for youth in the community. Big Brothers Big Sisters has 4 distinct programs that take place in person at our partner corporations’ offices, at participating schools, and online. These programs are facilitated by our staff.

MentorU leverages the proven power of mentoring for college and career success. This mentoring program partners with a local high school, where the high school students communicate with their mentors through online portals as well as meet up once a month at their high school. MentorU provides screened and trained volunteer mentors for incoming freshmen enrolled in an academic enrichment class for students facing academic and personal challenges intended to keep them on track for graduation and success. The mission of MentorU is to help high school students develop personal, academic and career skills.

West Seattle High School

Interlake High School


Bigs In Tech

Careers in tech are the future & you can help youth be a part of it.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and Amazon are partnering to create a workplace mentoring program called Bigs In Tech. Bigs In Tech will connect Amazon staffers like you with local 6th graders to help them learn about careers in technology, reinforce social emotional skills, and build solid 1 on 1 relationships.

Attend facilitated mentoring sessions where you’ll build a strong mentoring relationship with a young person as you experience guided, culturally competent curriculum that includes STEAM activities and social-emotional learning methodology.

Orca K-8



Big Brothers Big Sisters at Why Not You Academy

This one-on-one mentoring program is a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and Why Not You Academy.

Mentors in this program help empower students with support, advice and encouragement over the course of the school year. They also receive coaching and support from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound on how they can help foster that student’s growth and success.

Mentors spend at least four hours a month connecting at least once a week with their mentee and participating in monthly after school events, facilitated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound.


  • Commit to being a mentor for at least one year (studies show ending a match before the one year mark is more detrimental to the child than not having a mentor relationship at all).
  • Attend In-Person Events at WNYA in Des Moines, WA
  • Present documentation indicating you have received a COVID19 vaccine
  • Be able to spend at least 4 hours a month in the program.
  • Be at least 18 years old

Learn MORE about Why Not You Academy.

School-Based Mentoring

Mentors meet with their Little during the school year at their Little’s elementary school, after school hours. This is not a tutoring program, rather the focus is on social/emotional activities. Of course, some Littles do talk with their mentors about class, or do homework, or read together, but it’s perfectly fine to shoot hoops in the gym or play on the playground. At the end of the day, it’s really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance, and inspiring them to reach their potential.

McCarver Elementary School, Tacoma Public Schools

DeLong Elementary School, Tacoma Public Schools