Founded in 1902, the mission of CBSBB is to address the social, emotional and academic challenges facing youth living in New York City's low-income neighborhoods by providing one-to-one mentoring services supported by life skills programming, crisis intervention, family support and referral assistance. We seek to improve the lives of children of all faiths, empowering them to recognize, reach for and achieve their full potential as self-sufficient adults.

Community-Based Mentoring

In CBSBB’s keystone mentoring program, youth ages 7-17, are carefully matched with a Big Sister or Big Brother who serves as an adviser, role model, and adult friend. Mentoring matches meet twice monthly for activities such as enjoying a show or ballgame, working together on a service project, or spending time talking and exploring NYC. Matches are supported by life skills programming, crisis intervention, family support, and referral assistance as well as a dedicated Professional Program Manager to oversee and guide the match relationship. This mentoring model has been the core of CBSBB’s mission for over a century.

For more information about our Community-Based program, please contact Susan Varghese at

W.O.W. (World of Work) Mentoring Program

As CBSBB builds on over 115 years of expertise in one-to-one community-based mentoring, we are thrilled to pilot The W.O.W. (World of Work) Mentoring Program, an innovative initiative with Good Apple Digital and Academy of Software Engineering (AFSE), a local high needs neighborhood high school. Launched in October 2017, ten Good Apple employees are matched one-on-one with ten AFSE students with a concentration on college and career readiness. Employees of Good Apple bring experience in digital media, marketing, and advertising to share with their W.O.W. mentees, while the core of our program remains focused on relationship building. The curriculum for W.O.W. matches focuses on 21st century skills - the 4 C's - necessary in all work environments: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.

For more information about how you can can become a corporate partner, please contact Vidhya Kelly at

Interfaith Mentoring Program

Founded by the Ladies of Charity in 1902, within the New York City court system, CBSBB is a proud nonsectarian agency that works with volunteers and youth of all religious traditions. We seek to make mentoring matches across racial and religious backgrounds to encourage tolerance, understanding, and meaningful relationships. Individuals from all faith backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply to our mentoring program.

For more information about how you can get involved with our Interfaith Mentoring Program, please contact Ryan Sheppard at

Intergenerational Mentoring Program

Mentors in CBSBB's programs are the backbone of our work and we strongly value Big Sisters and Big Brothers of all ages. We are excited to promote intergenerational matches by connecting our youth with older adults in mentoring relationships. Our baby-boomer volunteers have more life experience, are less likely to leave New York City, and often have more flexible schedules to be involved in the lives of their Little Sisters or Little Brothers.

If you are or know an older adult interested in mentoring, please contact Ryan Sheppard at

Skill Building/College Bound

CBSBB offers a comprehensive set of workshops, activities, one-on-one support and referrals that begin on the first day a youth comes to the agency and ends with college graduation. Current programming includes: self-esteem building, career exposure events, and health and wellness focused programming.

If you have a special skill that could benefit our youth, please contact Susan Varghese at