The Big Draft

We are partnering with the National Football League’s Inspire Change initiative on a volunteer recruitment campaign called The Big Draft.

NFL Inspire Change

Get Off The Sidelines.
Get In The Game.

Draft Day:
It’s one of the most important days in a pro football player’s life. It’s a day when one team picks them out of a crowd of thousands. It’s a day when their new team says, “You’ve got what it takes,” and their life is changed forever.

Over 1200 youth in Greater Philadelphia are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister right now.

Together with NFL Inspire Change, we’re doing something about it. It’s time to recruit the next class of life-changing mentors. We need 200 new mentors. Today, we’re saying to you, “You’ve got what it takes. We want you on our team!”

Apply Now

Draft Day Party!

12:00 – 3:00 PM

Two Ways to Get an Exclusive Invite:
1.) Apply to Become a Big by April 2020
2.) Recruit 5 Bigs

Meet-and-Greet with Philadelphia Eagles Players
Walk the Stage in our Mock NFL Draft
PLUS! NFL Activities | Food & Drinks | Music

Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence serves Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in PA and Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in NJ. Please enter your Zip Code in the field below to determine which Big Brothers Big Sisters agency serves your area. To be eligible for our Big Draft recruitment campaign, you must be located in our service area and submit an application to become a Big by April. Please note, not all BBBS agencies are participating in the Big Draft.

Philadelphia County Big Draft Scouting Party
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, 1337 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 19107
Register Here

Montgomery County Big Draft Scouting Party: Ambler
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ambler Beer Company, 300 Brookside Avenue, Building 19 Suite E, Ambler, PA 19002
Register Here

Delaware County Big Draft Scouting Party
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
JD McGillicuddy's, 33 Brookline Boulevard, Havertown, PA 19083
Register Here

NJ Big Draft Scouting Party
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Launch Trampoline Park Delran, 5029 US-130 #300, Delran, NJ 08075
Register Here

Our Mentoring Programs

Our one-on-one Mentoring Programs are designed to be flexible and can adapt to a variety of individual personalities, situations and schedules.

We offer three Core Mentor Programs:

We'll find the program that's right for you!

The volunteer enrollment process along with the BBBS team, will help to determine the program(s) that best fit your needs. To get started complete Step 1 - Contact Request Form.

Contact Request Form

MATCH STORIES - The Power of Mentoring

Justin / Michael - Matched Since 2012

Program: Community-Based

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can a match last?

We ask for a minimum commitment of one year for each Match we make. Matches stay in the Traditional program until the Little is in the 8th grade, at that time they transition to our ACES program where they may remain active through at least the Little’s first year of post-secondary education. That is not the end though, many of our friendships end up lasting a lifetime.

What if it doesn’t work out?

We do everything in our power to make a Match that we think will last. However, we realize that sometimes things come up, Bigs or Littles move, situations change or something doesn’t work out. We will attempt to mediate the situation, but if it doesn’t work out, we will end the Match. If this happens, your Case Manager will be there to support you every step of the way and handle it in the best way possible.

What kind of support can I expect from Big Brothers Big Sisters?

Once you are matched with your Little , a Match Support Specialist from the agency will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Any time you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you will have a Match Support Specialist there to help. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.

Can I bring my spouse, a friend or family member on outings?

In the beginning, it’s important for you and your Little to get to know each other. This can happen best on a one-to-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for your Little to get to know the people who are important to you. Just keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others, your Little may begin to feel jealous or neglected. The main focus is the friendship you develop with your Little and the impact you have on his/her life.

How much money should I spend on outings?

The quality of time invested with your Little is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is to help a Little see the world through a different lens so you can inspire them to become something they never thought possible. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. BBBS Independence Region offers donor-supported group activities that are a great way to meet other Bigs and Littles. As a Big, you may also receive notices for free tickets to cultural and sports activities for you both to enjoy.

What should I do with my Little?

Anything you like. Share an activity that gives you something in common to talk about. Go to the library, check out a book and read together, play a board game, go on a nature walk, or just hang out and talk about the music you like. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another, so we often recommend sharing an activity rather than creating a new one. Most important … keep it simple and enjoy yourselves!

Do the parents and children want to be in the program?

Parents that enroll their children in the BBBS program want the very best for their children. They see the benefits of introducing another caring adult role model in the life of their child. Many say that their children’s Bigs are able to talk to them about issues that are just difficult for a parent to address. That is why parents often say introducing a Big into their child’s life has not only changed their son/daughter’s life but it’s impacted the entire family. BBBS Independence Region only enrolls children who want and need the program and whose parents specifically want them to be in the program, so 100% of the children enrolled are ready and excited about being matched.

Who are Big Brothers and Big Sisters in the program?

Our Bigs come from diverse backgrounds just like our Littles. They are regular people, just like you, and come in all shapes and sizes. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills – you just have to want to positively impact a young person by being their friend.

When can I see my Little Brother or Sister?

As a team, you decide together what you want to do, and then your Little must get parent or guardian approval. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and get together on a regular basis (2-4 hours, 2-14 times per month). We provide free and low-cost activities for Bigs and Littles too!