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Big Buddy Program

1415 Main Street

The Big Buddy Program is a local non-profit (501(c)(3) youth services agency that provides positive role models and quality learning experiences to over 2,000 disadvantaged children/youth on a weekly basis in the Baton Rouge community. 

Since 1979 the Big Buddy Program has provided children and youth with positive adult role models through the Big Buddy/Little Buddy mentoring programs; character education and leadership sessions; quality out of school time activities such as after school programs, holiday camps and summer enrichment programs; teen programs that develop literacy skills through self-expression and creative writing; and numerous other direct services that involve the generosity of time and energy of a dedicated staff and over 700 volunteers per year.

Vision Statement

That every child has a positive role model leading him/her to make good choices resulting in a healthy, rewarding life.

Mission Statement

To provide access to positive role models and learning experiences to children who lack these resources.

Scope of Services and Results

  • Big Buddy/Little Buddy Mentoring Matches – provides children in need of a special friend with a caring adult or teen role model.  Current impact:  184 Mentor Matches

  • Out of School Time Programs (After School, Holiday and Summer Enrichment) – provides children with the opportunity to participate in positive activities and rich learning experiences in a safe environment during the out of school times throughout the year.  Current impact:  300 served/week

  • Character Development and Leadership Courses – provides inner-city youth with character building activities, hands-on-science instruction, leadership development experiences, and access to Junior Achievement programs.  Current impact:   2,880 served per week

  • Teen Programs – provides creative dynamic safe forums for teens to develop literacy and life skills.  Current impact:  400 served per month