Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lancaster (Lititz, PA)


  • Name:Melissa Siwiec
  • Title:Executive Director

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  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lancaster
  • Address:520 E. Oregon Rd
    Ste 103
    Lititz, PA 17543
    United States

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  • Main phone:7173977567
  • Main fax:717-397-7589

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  • Mission:
  • The Mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters if to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1 to 1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

  • Overview:
  • In Community-Based Mentoring, Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers provide children and youth – our “Littles” - individualized time and attention on a regular basis, typically 2 – 4 times a month, for two to three hours. During unstructured weekly or bi-weekly outings, filled with conversations and shared activities, they develop a relationship that helps youth manage the every day challenges that are part of “growing up.” During the time with their Big, children gain new skills, explore new interests and test behaviors that expand their experience base beyond their family or neighborhood.

    Over the course of time, children gain confidence in themselves, acquire new skills and competencies, and develop an enhanced capacity to care for others – all tasks that are a part of developing healthy maturity. Volunteers experience a sense of discovery and enjoyment as they see the world of possibility open up through the child’s eyes. An evaluation tool, The Program-based Outcome Evaluation Instrument (POE), demonstrates positive outcomes for children in the program. This program has served hundreds of thousands of boys and girls since the founding of the organization in 1904.

    Path to Success is a pilot program that started during the 2012-13 school year. The premise behind it is to serve 7th graders at risk of school failure in a leadership development program. The 7th grader will be matched with a community mentor. In turn the 7th grader also serves as a Big to a 3rd grader who also shows signs of school failure, in a school based mentoring program. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a proven strategy to help children achieve educational success.

    Program Structure
    Students in third grade who score basic or below basic on their PSSA tests, struggling academically, and demonstrate chronic truancy behavior will be selected to participate in the program.

    Students in Middle School who are at risk of dropping out based on the School District of Lancaster profile will be matched with the third graders above. The match will meet after school under the supervision of BBBS and SDoL staff. The program will be modeled similarly to the school based mentoring model. A variety of activities will be provided. The match will determine what they’d like to do together during their “visit”. Staff will help to facilitate activities, encourage positive communications skills, and problem solve any issues that may arise. BBBS will also provide match support and monitoring.

    Adults will be identified to serve as mentors or Graduate Coaches to the Middle School students. This match will be modeled after the BBBS Community Based Mentoring program. Match outings will be schedule outside of the school day. BBBS staff will help to provide training to the mentor, extra support to address any issues should they arise, and to assess child safety. If possible the adult mentor will be encouraged to attend after school sessions with the third grader and the middle school student.

    The matches (Elementary student to middle school student and middle school student to Mentor) will stay together for three years. The middle school student will now be a senior in high school and the 3rd grader will now be a 7th grader. A new class of third graders will be identified to be mentored by the 7th grade student who has been a Little for the beginning of the program. The senior will help with the transition year until s/he graduates. This program will create a cycle where the child at risk now becomes a successful student and shares his knowledge and success with a younger student. The adult mentor can be re-matched with these new matches.

    The SDoL has a comprehensive approach to addressing this drop out problem. This program will be one of many strategies implemented during the school year. In particular students enrolled at Reynolds Middle School will also benefit from 21st Century funding which provides Community Schools and an afterschool component. SDoL is also engaging in the CTC process to improve services in the district. All of these strategies combined will help to make our program more successful. Both the Superintendent and Safe Schools/Healthy Students Coordinator have provided us with letters of support for this program.

  • History:
  • The Community-Based Mentoring (CBM) program was established in 1968 when a group of Lancaster County citizens determined that the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) model of mentoring would be an effective tool to use with youth in Lancaster County. This model, originally developed in 1904, focuses on one-to-one time spent with a volunteer and a child doing things they enjoy — a few hours a couple times a month filled with shared interests and activities like playing a board game, taking a walk in the park or just hanging out and talking. Since then, much research has indicated that this one-to-one mentoring relationship is a proven prevention tool, effective in improving a child’s self-esteem, attachment to school and school performance, and relationships with both adults and peers (Public/Private Ventures, 1995).

    Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most effective youth mentoring organization. It all started in 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers.

    That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement. More than 100 years later, Big Brothers Big Sisters remains true to our founders’ vision of bringing caring role models into the lives of children. And, today, Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states—and in 12 countries around the world.

    Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lancaster County has helped to form more than 2,500 One-to-One relationships between children and responsible adult role models since our inception in 1968.

  • Year established:1968
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:15
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:6


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:23-1696734

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