Serving Athens, Meigs, Vinton & Washington County 

Serving Athens, Meigs, Vinton & Washington County 


Donate Today!

 Donating will help to:
   -Recruit Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers
   -Cover the costs of background checks and insurance
   -Offer one on one, on-going supervision and support for every match
   -Provide cultural and social activities for children  

Community Based Programming

 Children are matched with adult volunteers (Big Brothers, Big Sisters, or Big Couples) for a mentoring relationship that lasts for one year or longer. Bigs and Littles can be found in as many places as their mutual interests take them: soccer fields, fairs, libraries, theaters, kitchens, and backyards. Bigs and Littles have fun while forming a strong relationship that leads to positive outcomes for the child.

Our Littles
• 5-17 years old
• Residing in Athens, Washington, Vinton, or Meigs Counties
• Referred to Big Brothers Big Sisters by a school employee, social worker, or a parent/guardian
• Eager to spend 1-2 hours a week with a Big Brother or Big Sister
• Have the full support of the parent/guardian to participate in the program

Our Bigs
• Complete a thorough background check, an interview with a staff member, a home visit, and training
• Are 19 years of age or older • Have a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance
• Spend a minimum of 1-2 hours a week for one year (or longer!) with a child
• Are committed to improving the way children grow up in our community

Youth In Leadership

The Youth is Leadership School Mentoring Program pairs high school students with at-risk elementary students for a one-on-one mentoring relationship. 

All match meetings occur on school grounds, and are planned and supervised by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members.During the 2016-2017 school year, over 90 students participated in the program, and high-school mentors collectively logged over 1,000 volunteer hours. Through the support of United Way Washington County, Ohio University Credit Union, the O'Bleness Foundation, and in partnership with Live Healthy Appalachia we expanded our program to include Washington Elementary School in Marietta.
Our curriculum focuses on nutrition, physical activity, and gardening.
Schools Participating in 2016-2017

Athens County

  • Alexander Elementary
  • The Plains Elementary 
  • Athens High School 
  • Trimble Elementary
  • Trimble High School
  • Amesville Elementary 
  • Federal Hocking High School 

Vinton County

  • Central Elementary
  • Vinton County High School 

Washington County

  • Washington Elementary
  • Marietta High School 

Mentoring Children of Prisoners

 The Amachi Program In Ohio there are over 56,000 children who have one or both parents incarcerated. The impact of losing so many Ohio mothers and fathers is profound. Initially, the child may be shuffled from one caregiver to another, or struggle with conflicted feelings about their parent, law enforcement, and their new caregiver. Not having a parent to provide guidance, support, and consistency can also lead to risky behaviors that may lead the child down the same path as the parent. Our hope, as an agency that serves children with incarcerated parents, is to support the child and his or her caregiver during and after the parent’s incarceration, and ultimately prevent the child from engaging in risky and criminal behaviors. AMACHI Ohio works to reduce this risk and guide these children in the right direction with the assistance of a mentor from the community. It is not the volunteer's job to fix problems and situations; it's an opportunity to help break the cycle of incarceration that plagues many families within our community.

For caregivers, mentors, and advocates of kids who have a parent in prison or jail we have a booklet available through the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ohio, that provides help answering the difficult questions kids may ask about their loved one. If you would like free copies of this resource please contact our office. 

Upcoming Events

Animal Play date

Join us for a fun filled event with puppies, cats, bunnies, horses and more at the New Beginnings Animal Shelter located at

3525 Pleasant Hill Rd. Athens, OH

  • June 24th 2pm-3:30pm
  • July 22nd 2pm-3:30pm
  • August 19th 2pm-3:30pm

Nelsonville Pool

What is the best thing to do in the summer? Go swimming of course!

Join us for a BBBS event from 8pm-10pm

Youth Summer Bowling

Every Wednesday during the month of June. Come join us, The Athens Elks Lodge #973 and Rollerbowl Lanes for great time bowling!

  • June 21st 11am-1pm
  • June 28th 11am-1pm

Beat the Heat Movies

When it's hot outside what can you do? Come into the air conditioning and watch a great movie! 

Join BBBS Athens at the Athens Cinema for movies, raffles & more!

Kids Summer Series will start this Saturday June 24th at 3pm, with a teen night Friday June 23rd at 7pm.


Teen Night 

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off


  • 6/24 The Neverending Story
  • 7/1 The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • 7/8 Homeward Bound
  • 7/15 The Black Stallion
  • 7/29 The Secret Garden
  • 8/5 The red Balloon-Modern Times

OU Football Fun Day

Meet the OU Football team and participate in some football drills and fun activities!

Time and Date


End of Summer BBQ!

Come out and join BBBS Athens along with the Athens County Sheriff office for an end of summer BBQ!

We will have great food, fun activities, crafts and more! What better way to end the summer than with our local Sheriff's office and of course BBBS staff!

This event is open to all of BBBS Children, Volunteers, and their families

Time and Date


About Us


Our Staff

Executive Director 

James Salzman


Program Director

Cytha Pierce


Program Coordinator-Washington County

Willa O'Neill



Mission Statement

Our Mission at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens is to make a positive difference in the lives of area youth through professionally supported relationships with mentors and volunteers. 

Our Vision is a mentoring relationship for every child who needs and wants one within Athens, Meigs, Vinton & Washington County.

Start Something!

Do you remember a special person who brought excitement to the everyday, who broadened your horizons and put little moments of magic into your life? By becoming a supporting donor or volunteer mentor, you can do the same for a child, and you will both be forever changed by the experience!

Children need adults to help guide them through life's many obstacles. Big Brothers and Big Sisters share everyday activities, expand horizons, and experience the joy in even the simplest events. Within these little moments lies the big magic that is shared between Bigs and Littles.

Professionals in youth development support these individual, responsible relationships. And national research has shown that the shared experiences between Bigs and Littles have a direct and lasting impact. A Big can help a Little discover a world of possibilities and opportunities simply by being a friend. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is something that almost anyone can do. Our volunteers consistently say that being part of a BBBS match is as enjoyable and fulfilling for them as it is for their Littles.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens has a rich history of nurturing friendships between caring adult volunteers and children. Since 1986, we have made a difference in the lives of thousands of Southeast Ohio youth through our mentoring programs. Join this monumental effort to better Southeast Ohio�s community and economy. By investing only one hour a week, you can change a child's life. 

Contact Us

Become a Mentor

Thank You!


If you have any questions, please call or stop by our office. Our staff are ready to assist you!

Big Brothers Big Sisters

449 East State St Athens, Ohio 45701

(740) 797-0037


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment only*

Sunday: Closed