We don't create POTENTIAL. We EMPOWER and DEFEND it. Because every child matters.

Why Mentoring?

A mentor assures young people that someone cares, will be there through challenges, and help them see the strength in themselves. Mentoring has been shown to improve the futures of mentees through better grades, achievement of higher levels of education, and improved relationships. Essentially, young people with a mentor grow personally and have better social and economic opportunity than those who do not. Yet many kids in Central Oregon never have this opportunity.

For those who are mentoring, the experience not only offers the opportunity to have fun in our community and see the world through a youth's perspective, but builds leadership and management skills. It is an empowering way to touch the future.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon serves the Bend, Redmond, Madras, Prineville, and La Pine areas. We are a part of the nation’s largest mentoring network solely supported by donors and volunteers. Be someone who matters to someone who matters.  Please join us to make a difference in a child’s life.


Canicross Dog & Jog

Join us on Saturday May 28, 2022 for the inaugural DOGTOWN USA CANICROSS DOG & JOG at the beautiful Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center.
Presented by Alpine Outfitters Active Dog Gear and Oregon Trail of Dreams Sled Dog Tours.
All DOG & JOG proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon.


Races include:
- 400 Meter Kids Junior Canicross
- 5K Canicross (Run/Walk) Individual
- 1 Mile Canicross (Run/Walk) Individuals
- 1 Mile Canicross (Run/Walk) Couples


What is Canicross?
Canicross is canine cross country. Canicross at any level - walk, jog or run - as a competitive sport, as training for other dog powered sports, or as an activity for person and pup to exercise. The person wears a belt, the dog wears a harness and the two are attached with a bungee leash (leash in hand connected to collar is acceptable). The synergy of dog and person power is an incredible bonding activity for you and your dog and takes walking, jogging or running to another level.  Sign Up Now! 

Nominate a Big With A Badge

BBBSCO is thrilled to announce our Bigs with Badges Program.  Our goal is to match 10 children this summer with a mentor who is a badge wearing employee to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.  If you are, or know a person who is in any type of law enforcement, a paramedic or is a  fire fighter, please nominate this potential Big by calling 541-312-6047!



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Our Mission

Our Mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the promise and power of youth. 

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