Big Brothers Big Sisters GMW

Big Brothers Big Sisters GMW

Are you looking for a meaningful way to make a difference? You can impact the life of a young person living in a vulnerable family situation and improve their community at the same time by becoming a volunteer mentor as part of Federation’s partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties.

What’s required to become a mentor?  

  • Be 18 years or older 
  • Pass background screening 
  • Able to commit to 4 hours per month of one-on-one mentoring for a minimum of 1 year 

No special degrees or job skills needed! You only need to want to positively impact a young person. Each mentor will be individually matched with a mentee, ranging in age from 5 – 16, via a personalized match-selection process.*

I'm Interested!

As a mentor through Federation’s partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, you will have access to:

  • Training and support from a Match Support Specialist coordinated by Big Brothers Big Sisters  
  • Virtual learning opportunities coordinated and facilitated by Federation’s Community Relations Council such as a discussion of the economic realities of inner-city life and a conversation with young people from Newark and surrounding areas.
  • Exclusive hands-on service opportunities specially designed for mentors and mentees to do together, coordinated by Federation’s Center for Volunteerism

Questions? Contact Lindsay Norman at

Casey Holstein and Debra Nevas, Federation Big Brothers Big Sisters Chairs
Terri Friedman, Center for Volunteerism Chair
Zev Scherl, JCRC Chair 

*At this time, Big Brothers Big Sisters follows the guidance of the CDC and does not require its child mentees to be vaccinated for COVID-19.  Any mentor who is not comfortable with in-person mentoring is welcome to proceed with virtual mentoring on a temporary basis.