This is our traditional match in which adult mentors are paired with children ages 6-16, with the commitment to see each other 2-4 times per month for a couple of hours per outing. Each match is hand-selected by our team based on shared interests, geography, and personality.

Many relationships between Bigs and Littles fall under our Community-Based programs. This simply means that the mentoring takes place in the community. Outings are focused on creating purpose using the REACH concept.

The Reach Concept

REACH Activities are activities with a purpose. They are a great way to have fun and meet other Bigs and Littles while helping your Little with their identified goals and desired outcomes. REACH stands for Recreation & Social Competency, Education & Life Skills, Arts & Culture, Community Engagement and Health & Well-Being.

Fun with Purpose
REACH activities focus on developmental goals in five focus areas:
• Recreation
• Education & Careers
• Arts & Culture
• Civic Engagement
• Health & Fitness

Longer, Stronger Relationships
Providing structured activities makes volunteering easier for our Bigs, improves the quality of the match and strengthens the bond between Big and Little. In other words, Project REACH helps keep Bigs and Littles together longer, resulting in more positive outcomes for children.

Collaborations Enhance Mentoring
More than 100 community partnerships help make REACH possible through discounted services and donated tickets to sporting, cultural and recreational events. Is your organization interested in providing REACH activities? Contact Jennifer Davis at

Support REACH
Most REACH activities are free of charge to the Big and Little. You can help provide these enriching experiences by making a financial or in-kind donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN.