100 River Rock Drive,
Suite 104, Buffalo, NY 14207
(716) 873-5833  
  807 W. State St. (C/O The United Way)
Olean, New York 14760
(716) 480.9614  |  fax: (716) 873.6350   |   info@beafriend.org

Enroll A Child

Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier. 

To learn more about our mentoring programs, child eligibility or to check the status of an existing application, please call our child enrollment line at (716) 873-5833 option #3.

Child eligibility is based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to:

  • Child must live in the targeted geographical area or attend a partner school or organization
  • Child’s age (5-18 years old at the time of inquiry)
  • Child must reside with a legal guardian
  • Family circumstances
  • Willingness to participate

In order to assess your child’s need for the program, agency personnel will spend time getting to know you and your child. Depending on which program (Community Based, Site Based or Group Mentoring) your child becomes involved with, the assessment will either take place in your home or at the site.

Before a match takes place, the child and parent/guardian are offered an opportunity to meet the Big Brother or Big Sister who has been selected based upon the parent’s preferences. Likewise, the interests, abilities, experiences and preferences of the volunteer are also considered when choosing the right Little Brother or Sister.