Core Programs and Initiatives

Community-Based

This is our traditional program in which adult mentors are paired with youth ages 6-16, with the commitment to see each other 2-4 times per month for at least a year. Each match is selected by our team based on shared interests, preferences, and personality. Matches plan their own outings filled with things they like to do, like sports, creating arts and crafts, or hiking. 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.

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Site-Based

Adult and high school mentors meet with their Little at locations such as youth centers or schools. Most Site-based programs are located at schools. During the school year they meet at their Little’s elementary school, during 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. Note: our Site-Based program is currently inactive.

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Alaska Native Mentoring

This initiative is designed to foster resilience among Alaska Native youth. We partner with the Alaska Native Justice Center to provide opportunities for cultural and community connection and case-managed access to social services, in addition to our mentoring program. We value cultural identity and seek to recruit greater numbers of Alaska Native Bigs. For more information, contact Jim Stevens at jim.stevens@bbbsak.org or 907.202.8562.

Sync

This initiative is designed to match youth ages 14-21 in state foster care with a supportive and caring adult mentor who will be there as a friend and provide stability as they move through the system and transition out of foster care.  Mentors must be 25 years of age or older. The Sync program is funded by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services – Office of Children’s Services. For more information about the Sync program, please contact Kristin O'Meara at kristin.omeara@bbbsak.org or 907.290.7670.