Big Brothers Big Sisters

John Bruzdzinski
Big Brothers Big Sisters

215 Bassett Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (315) 470-3369 x361
Fax: (315) 470-3368

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PEACE, Inc. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Onondaga County helps children, who face adversity, change their perspectives and give them the opportunity to reach their potential in life.

Big Brothers Big Sisters improves the lives of school aged children through a variety of mentoring programs including school based, workplace and one-to-one mentoring.

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to change the lives of children for the better, forever. Our unique brand of one-to-one mentoring matches a child with a caring adult mentor in a relationship supported by professional Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members. Matches share everyday activities, such as eating out, playing or attending sporting events, going to a movie, sightseeing, and so on.

Community-Based Program: Adult One to One Mentoring

We accept applications for children between the ages of 6 and 12 who reside in Onondaga County and the Central Square area of Oswego County. When a child is matched with a volunteer, as long as the volunteer stays in the program, the child may participate until they are 18 years old. Big Brothers Big Sisters asks our volunteers to make a commitment to a child for one year, spending at least 6 hours a month with their “Little”. All our volunteers and anyone over the age of 18 living in their household must undergo a criminal background check, provide three personal or professional references, attend an orientation session and be interviewed in their home.  Apply to be a Big today!

School-based Mentoring Program:

College & High School students mentor Elementary school students
The School-based Mentoring program operates after school one day a week for the entire school year at either the high school or elementary school. The program consists of tutoring, homework assistance and socialization. The students will also have the opportunity to participate in field trips throughout the year.

We currently have programs at 8 Syracuse City School District Elementary Schools and 2 Elementary Schools in the Central Square District.

What is the eligibility to apply for this program?

The eligibility for volunteers, as well as children enrolling in this program is of no cost to you. We simply require that both parties are able to spend a minimum of six hours per month together as a match. For “Littles” (children), we require that they reside in Onondaga County, and are between the ages of 6 and 13. For our “Bigs” (mentors), they do not have to reside in Onondaga County, but within a reasonable distance to be able to participate in activities in the community with their “Little”. The minimum age for our Community-Based “Bigs” is 18 years old, but there are no age restrictions outside of that. The age range for our School-Based “Bigs” are between the ages of 15 and 18. We also require all volunteers over the age of 18 to pass a background check, as well as a DMV record check (when applicable). Anyone living in the household of a Community-Based volunteer that is over the age of 18 is subject to a background check as well. This is to ensure the best safety for our “Littles”.

How do I apply for this Program?

You can apply to our program by either calling our office as (315) 470-3369, or emailing us at We will ask you a few upfront questions, and go over some details about our program. Then we can either send you our application in the mail, or send you an electronic copy to your email, which you would send back to us.