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Bigs in Business

Changing Perspectives. Changing Lives.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Grand Rapids helps children and teens realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture youth and strengthen communities and believe that inherent in every young person is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.



As Grand Rapids’ largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters:

Makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children and teens (“Littles”).

Is proven by independent studies to help youth and families through our signature one-to-one mentoring.

Improves the odds that the children and teens in our programs will perform better in school, avoid violence and illegal activities, have stronger relationships with their parents and peers and succeed as adults.


Workplace Mentoring Program:

Nine month, 1:1 youth mentoring program

On-site at company in cafeteria or common area

Students transported to corporate office

Preplanned, structured sessions staffed by a BBBS Program Coordinator

Company employees matched 1:1 with students based on personalities and preferences

Sessions include relationship, educational, and skill building activities

Semi-monthly, 1.5 hour sessions schedules toward the end of the workday



Volunteer Requirements:

Complete application, enrollment interview and training on-site at company

Complete background check and reference checks

Be able to volunteer the entire program year

Be consistent – attend at least 80% of sessions

Be open, caring and have a friendly attitude

Respond to surveys and program evaluations to help measure impact of program on Littles


We are currently working on our pilot program with Mill Steel Company.

For more information about implementing Bigs In Business at your company, contact  Patty Neuhoff at or 616.284.5864.