The mission at Big Brother Big Sister of American is to foster individual mentorship and support youth through positive relationships. Volunteers work directly with young people who face barriers to success or who are at risk of entering the justice system. They serve children ages 6 to 18 years old in cities around the country. Volunteers interact with young people in authentic ways to build meaningful relationships. They are able to work with children who have an incarcerated parent and those at risk of juvenile incarceration to help interrupt the cycle of intergenerational incarceration before it starts. BBBS believes that mentoring young people is an essential support and that all children should have the opportunity to develop positive relationships with mentors. Individuals can contact the program directly to volunteer or to discuss specific services.