Big Friends Little Friends
Big Friends Little Friends is a community-based mentoring program in which Bigs (adults 18+) and Littles (young person ages 6–14) meet 2–4 times a month for at least one year. Matches are made with considerations to such things as geographic location, interests, and personalities, and can include one-to-one, couples as Bigs (spouses, friends, co-workers), and family matches.
Adult mentors can come from all different backgrounds, races and religions, and like to have fun. All mentors must be: committed to being a consistent role-model; able to fulfill the time commitments of the program related to training, time with their Little, and match duration, able to create and sustain a trusting relationship with a younger person. Sound like you? Apply Now to Become a “Big Friend” Mentor
Littles are boys and girls between the ages of 6-14 who reside in our service area (Amesbury, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury), have a desire to be in the program and want to have a Big Friend, and have the approval and support of their parents or guardians to participate in the program. Apply Now for a Child to become a “Little Friend” Mentee
Stand & Deliver
Stand & Deliver is an academic mentoring program that matching students in middle and high schools with mentors from some of the area’s most prestigious businesses, including New Balance, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Raytheon, and Schneider Electric.
Family Services facilitates weekly meetings where the student visits their mentor at their place of work to review school work, learn about career possibilities, and develop trusting and inspiring relationships. Stand & Deliver currently serves 100 students of the Lawrence Public School.
Amigos matches youth, ages 8-14, with compensated community-based mentors who provide intensive, strong, and trusting relationships with young people who are at high risk for future involvement with gangs and/or the criminal justice system. Mentors focus their time with young people on the behaviors and protective factors associated with youth violence prevention, such as school engagement, social connections, and external supports.