Community-based mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship, where Bigs and Littles get together on their own to share fun activities they both enjoy. Bigs are first introduced to the child and parent or guardian in a pre-match meeting, which is set by the case manager who is always on hand and will be there to help during the match. Bigs and Littles plan the outings together based on mutual interests and to help the child achieve greater self-confidence and awareness.
The Community-based program allows a great deal of flexibility in meeting at the time, place and frequency that meets the schedules of the Big and Little. On average, this is generally twice a month, for two or three hours at a time. There's almost no one so busy that they can't find a way to fit in a few hours a month.