Programs - JBBBSLA
“JBBBSLA has changed our lives, and has given Max an important male role model. Without this program…. well, there would be no male there for Max. I can’t even imagine the empty space that would exist. I am just so thankful, I have no words…”
Ellen, Parent of a JBBBSLA Little

For 100 years, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA) has provided professionally-supported, free, one-to-one mentoring for Jewish boys and girls, ages 6 and older, who could benefit from an additional committed, attentive, and positive adult role-model.

We match Littles (mentees) with Bigs (mentors) based on compatibility of interests, personalities, strengths and needs. Bigs and Littles spend quality time together twice a month engaging in recreational, cultural, or educational outings. They can also participate in agency-sponsored events with other matches. While participants commit to the program for at least one year, most remain in each other’s lives for much longer as caring, trusted friends. JBBBSLA offers additional opportunities and resources through camp experiences and college scholarships.

Mentoring can have a significant impact on a child’s life. Whether experiencing social or emotional challenges, or seeking additional enrichment and support, there are many circumstances in which a child may benefit. Little’s experience:

  • A community of support
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Strengthened social skills
  • Exposure to new interests and activities
  • Fun outings with a dependable, supportive adult

Our Bigs are caring, trusted, dynamic, Jewish volunteers (ages 21 or older) with a variety of personal and professional experiences. We do extensive background checks and interviews to ensure the quality of our mentors and to provide the best match possible.

JBBBSLA now offers couples mentoring. We match caring adult couples with Little Brothers ages 6-10. Mentees have double the fun, and mentors can share this rewarding experience with their partner.

“Mentoring has been a critical supplement to our parenting, providing a perspective on the world that we alone could not have given Olivia.”
Rick, Parent of a JBBBSLA Little
“I feel Eric is a true ally in Liam’s life, a co-protector of his innocence and especially of his integrity. Every day he brings a grounded presence and balance into Liam’s world.”
Ilene, Parent of a JBBBSLA Little

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