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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, Juneau Community

Who We Are

We match a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister with a child who could benefit from a one-to-one relationship with a caring adult, with consideration to geographic location, interests, personalities and preferences of Bigs, Littles, parents and schools.  BBBS staff maintains regular contact with Bigs, Littles and parents to help the friendships develop and monitor child safety, and are always available to answer questions or discuss concerns.  Matches are made in the following programs:

Community Program

Bigs spend time with their Littles two to four times a month for a couple of hours each visit doing activities they both enjoy. They might spend time fishing, hiking, taking in a community event, making dinner, or watching a movie.     

  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters are at least 18 years old; Littles are 6-17 years old.
  • Bigs agree to meet consistently with their Littles for at least one year.
  • Match activities take place mostly after school, in the evening, or on weekends.
  • BBBS offers free group activities once per month for Bigs and Littles.
  • Couples Match: A couples match occurs when two Bigs in a stable relationship are matched with a Little.

School Program

Bigs meet with their Littles for an hour a week during the school year at the Little's elementary or middle school.  They might spend time reading, working on schoolwork, playing games, or sharing lunch.     

  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters must be in high school or at least 18 years old; Littles are in grades K-8.
  • Bigs agree to meet consistently with their Littles for at least one calendar year.
  • Matches may continue through subsequent school years.
  • Match activities take place at school during school hours with limited contact over the summer.
  • BBBS offers free group activities over the summer for School Program Bigs and Littles.
  • High School Bigs: JDHS and TMHS students spend time with their Little before, during, or after classes at either Riverbend or Harborview Elementary schools.

Johnson Youth Center Program

Bigs spend time with a youth at the facility while the youth is in treatment and/or upon release.

  • Matches will meet for one hour a week at the facility, or if the youth earns the opportunity to leave the facility on a pass they can do so with their Big.

What We Do

For more than 35 years in Alaska, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been recognized as one of the most effective youth development programs in the United States.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska strengthens our communities by providing mentors to all children who need and want a caring adult role model - special friends who can help them expand their horizons, realize their potential and enrich their futures - changing their lives.

Bigs provide the additional guidance and support needed to keep a child on the right path toward promise and possibility. Mentoring is about prevention, and provides children with the tools to grow and succeed in a consistent, positive environment.

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is simple. It's sharing time, energy and friendship with a child in need. There is no special expertise required ~ and our volunteer mentors often times get back much more than they give!

We want to see BIG changes in the lives of children across the state of Alaska. Every day, we see and hear stories about how lives are being changed through a simple, professionally supported relationship between a child and a caring adult. 

Our Mission

To help Alaska's children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships.

Our Vision

Successful mentoring relationships for all of Alaska's children who need and want them, contributing to better schools, brighter futures, and stronger communities for all.

Our Mentoring Works

National research has shown that the positive relationships between youth and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters have a direct and measurable impact on children's lives. Little Brothers and Sisters are:

  • More confident in their schoolwork performance
  • Able to get along better with their families
  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school

Independent research has shown that a Little Brother or Little Sister who is matched for one year or more is more likely to graduate high school, attend college, and to show more respect to adults.