Big Brothers Big Sisters programs benefit America’s most important asset—our children. Each program needs Defenders of Potential to succeed!  Partnerships with businesses, foundations, schools, organizations, and individuals are fundamental to our organization's effort to support children. They provide for children in need and contribute to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all. Partners and sponsors can support us through: philanthropic gifts that drive growth, employee volunteerism or donor partnerships, such as high-impact cause-related marketing relationships.

Community-Based Programs

Community-based mentoring relationships involve one-on-one outings and activities, doing things the Big and Little enjoy together, Matches meet two hours, twice a month.

Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles on weekday evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.

Supported By:

  • United Way of Southeast Michigan

  • Children's Trust Fund

  • Partners for Youth with Disabilities

  • Youth Collaboratory

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Foundation

  • Arby's Foundation

  • National Football League

Site-Based Programs

Beyond School Walls: Worksite Mentoring

Youth need to see themselves in a workplace environment. It provides them with an opportunity to consider their path in life. And at the same time they learn 21st century job skills, like listening, collaboration, communication and creative thinking. Youth are matched one-on-one with a corporate employee and meet at the volunteer's workplace twice a month.

Lunch Buddies

Volunteers are matched one-on-one with youth at a specific partnering school. Mentors meet with youth at the school twice a month for 1-hour sessions of various planned activities.

Site-Based Corporate Sponsors

  • AAA of Michigan

  • Ally Financial

  • Bank of America

  • Comcast/NBC Universal

  • DTE Energy

  • FedEx

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Foundation

  • Ford Motor Credit Company

  • General Motors

  • Greektown/JACK Entertainment

  • StockX

  • UAW Local 600

  • United States District Court, Eastern Division of Michigan

Foundation Sponsors

  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

  • Skillman Foundation

Partner Schools:

  • Cody High School (Detroit)

  • Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences

  • Ferndale High/Tri-County Educational Center

  • Herrington Elementary (Pontiac)

  • Henderson Academy (Detroit)

  • Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School at Howe (Detroit)

  • Mark Twain School for Scholars (Detroit) 

  • McIntyre Elementary (Southfield)

  • Marcus Garvey Academy (Detroit) 

  • Madison High School (Madison Heights)

  • Osborn High School (Detroit)

  • Visger Elementary (River Rouge)

  • Warrendale Charter Academy (Detroit)

Other ways to support us

By giving to Big Brothers Big Sisters, foundations and corporations benefit the community’s most important asset—its children. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a well-respected brand with a sterling reputation and proven results. Plus, we’re highly rated for efficiency and accountability by a number of independent organizations. In fact, Forbes named Big Brothers Big Sisters to its Gold Star List as one of the America’s ten best nonprofit organizations.

Major investments from foundations and corporations have enabled Big Brothers Big Sisters to connect with young people in unprecedented ways, so they can start on the path to unlimited potential—and maybe even start a business or foundation of their own some day. To learn more about becoming a  partner, contact Beth O'Connor, Director of Programs, at or 313-309-9229.

We at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit are following CDC and State of Michigan guidelines to protect the health and safety of our volunteers, youth, families, and staff.

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