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Mentor a child in your community! Big Friends Little Friends

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Community Mentoring - Family Services of the Merrimack Valley

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  • 168 people are interested

Youth with a Mentor are:
55% more likely to enroll in college
81% more likely to participate in sports or extracurricular activities
130% more likely to hold leadership positions

"A Mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself."

Big Friends Little Friends (formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lawrence) matches children aged 6-14 with caring adults to serve as a role model and friend to a child in need of support. Once a match is made, mentor and mentee meet once a week for 1.5 - 2 hours each visit. There is a 1-year minimum commitment to ensure mentees have a positive and beneficial experience. Matches spend time in the community having fun, exploring interests, and building a relationship.

*Due to COVID-19, we have created the option that you can meet or begin your match virtually. Matches may meet in person provided all parties feel comfortable with it, and are willing to follow the safety guidelines our agency has created to keep our matches safe. The ability to meet in person is subject to change based on how the COVID situation in our community and state changes.*

The program offers a variety of mentorship options:
Traditional 1 on 1 Mentoring - Mentors and mentees get together on their own. They spend time in the community doing activities such as shooting hoops, visiting a museum, or doing a craft. Matches are made with consideration to such things as geographic location, interests and personalities.

Mentor with a partner (spouse, friend, co-worker) - A community-based mentoring match where two mentors spend time with one mentee - either at the same time or alternating schedules.

Family Matches - A community-based mentoring match in which an entire family is involved. Typically one adult takes the lead as the primary mentor, but all of the family members contribute to the mentorship relationship.

Cross-gender Matches - A match in which a female mentor is paired with a boy aged 12 years old or younger. There are many boys waiting for a mentor in the Big Friends Little Friends program.

Mentor Description Our mentors are caring adults 18 and older who are willing to make a minimum one year commitment as a mentor. They are willing to pass a screening process and background check and attend mentor training. They have a sense of humor and use good judgment and discretion, while being a responsible, stable and nurturing role model. Most importantly, our mentors must enjoy having fun!

The Massachusetts towns we serve are: Amesbury, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury

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About Community Mentoring - Family Services of the Merrimack Valley


430 North Canal Street, Lawrence, MA 01840, US

Mission Statement

Our Community Mentoring Programs aim to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth. We are a volunteer organization that provides support, guidance, and friendship to children by matching youngsters to adult role models. We match each child we serve with a mentor who believes in them. We offer our mentors the opportunity to experience the magic that comes with exposing a child to new perspectives and possibilities.


Mentors open doors and challenge young minds. Outings might be recreational, character building, or educational. A mentor could provide the first opportunity for a child to explore a museum, hike a mountain, or join a sports team. They may be the only adult in the child's life who can consistently devote time to just hanging out, one-on-one. The most common outings are as simple as walking in the park, baking a cake, or renting a movie. Mentors have the opportunity to be a true friend to a child in need.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


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430 North Canal StreetLawrence, MA 01840


  • People Skills
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Child Development


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • We ask for mentors to commit to meet with their mentee for at least one year, though many of our matches develop lasting friendships and continue to meet after this time.
  • We understand 'life' happens - talk to us about any concerns you have about the time commitment!

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