Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills matches “Bigs” and “Littles.”
We then provide training, resources and support necessary for those matches to succeed.
The Traditional Program involves Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples (married), and Big Families. This program is designed to match children between 5 and 15 years old, with an adult who can serve as a positive role model, giving a child a chance to see their unlimited potential and providing the opportunity to develop into a more responsible, successful, well-rounded individual.
South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures (SDYHA)
South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures (SDYHA) is designed to instill in children a lifelong enthusiasm and respect for hunting, fishing, wildlife and habitat conservation, and landowner appreciation while providing a complete realistic hunting experience. Hunter safety is emphasized. Children must turn 12 before December 31st of that hunting year.
School Mentor Program is designed to help children reach their potential at school but isn’t limited to the classroom. Littles talk with their Bigs about class, do homework or read together. It’s about starting a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring children to succeed.
Adopt-A-Class is part of our School Mentor Program. BBBS has "adopted" first grade classrooms in the Rapid City School District. Each enrolled child in that classroom is matched with a Big. The match works on homework and reading and they build a friendship. The Little is inspired and they have help succeeding in school.
Campus Kids is a staff supervised group mentoring program specifically for children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. It meets once a week at the SD School of Mines & Technology campus and is led by college student volunteer mentors.