Big Brothers Big Sisters: Mentors are needed to work with children and adolescents throughout Marquette and Alger Counties. Time commitment is four to six hours per month, and the minimum age to volunteer is 16. Programs include:

Community-Based Mentoring: The traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. Individuals age 16+, couples, and families are matched with children ages 7 to 15. For a minimum of one year, Bigs generally spend 4-6 hours per month with their little.

  • SWIM (Sharing With Insulin-using Mentors): BBBS, along with the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network, Bell Hospital, and Marquette General Health System started this program to provide help and support to youth with diabetes. Children with diabetes are matched with mentors with diabetes for a unique and supportive friendship.
  • FISH (Finding Inspiration Sharing Horizons): BBBS has partnered with Judge Anderegg and the Marquette County Juvenile Court to provide service-centered mentoring to youth in the court system. Similar to Community-Based Mentoring,  matches in this program will participate in at least one community service activity each month.
  • Yellow Ribbon Kids: This program aims to help children who have a family member deployed or away from home, by providing them with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Similar to the Community-Based Program, the "Match" lasts for the duration of the family member's deployment.
  • Sports Buddies: Sports Buddies is an activity-based program. Twice a month, you and your buddy will meet at a predetermined site for something that already love to do. This could include a golf outing, football drills or just watching a local sporting event.

Lunch Buddies: Lunch Buddies is an on-site program that allows community members to meet weekly with a child at school. The volunteer meets with their "lunch buddy" during their lunch/recess period for the entire school year.

Campus Kids: This program is on-site at the Lake Superior Village Youth Center. This is a bi-weekly program where children in our community are matched with carefully screened college volunteer from NMU. Meetings are supervised by BBBS staff. Matches spend some time working on school work, playing games or chit-chatting.

SAFE Program: This program matches mentors from NMU with boys and girls from the Salvation Army Family Events Center at K.I. Sawyer. Matches meet as a group twice a month throughout the school year.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Monika at 906.475.7801 or email, or check out their website at

Child and Family Services of the U.P., Inc.: This non-profit agency offers various youth, family, and school programming, as well as foster care, diversion, and wrap-around. Volunteers are requested for one-on-one youth mentoring, tutoring, special projects, and as office assistants. Contact Kelly Zambon at 906.228.4050 ext. 118, or by email at for more information.

Chocolay Children's Center: This childcare center could use the help of volunteers to interact with the young children, assist in self-help duties, and to assist children with day-to-day needs. For more information and times of opportunities to volunteer, please contact Lisa Bera at 906.249.1550 or at

Superior Alliance for Independent Living: SAIL is a non-profit organization that promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities into our communities on a full and equal basis through empowerment, education, participation and choice. Student volunteers are needed to assist at fundraising and other community and recreation events, for office support, and to mentor teens with disabilities. You can also design your own duties that best fit your skills and interests. For more information on upcoming SAIL events and activities, visit To volunteer, contact Jessica Manier at 906.228.5744 or at


See also: Tutoring, Youth


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