The REACH program matches mentors with a student enrolled in a REACH class at their school. Matches meet twice a month, in-person at the student's school.


REACH stands for Relationships, Education, Accountability, Character, & Hard Work.

REACH provides students facing adversity with an innovative space for them to succeed. These students have high academic potential, but are facing other obstacles in their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides each REACH student with a one-to-one mentor & friend.

Matches meet during the student's class at the student's school. Activities are focused on topics like:

  • Goal setting
  • Mental health  
  • Social/Emotional skill building
  • Mindfulness 


Studies show that children who have role models are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs, or commit crimes. 

In Southern Minnesota in 2023: 

  • 100% of Littles report their Big makes their life better
  • 99% of Bigs reported their Little's mental health has maintained or improved over the last year
  • 97% of parents reported their child’s interest in school has maintained or improved over the last year