Big Siblings

Program Coordinators
Maggie DiPierdomenico
Dana Jaffe
Donna DeChambeau
Nancy Phan
Layla Hay
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The Big Siblings one-on-one mentoring program through Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay is offered to children in first through fifth grade. Children are matched with a Brandeis student who shares common activities and quality time together ranging from playing sports, doing homework, or attending special events at Brandeis for a mutually decided time of one hour a week. This program has expanded to include a partnership with Sibling Connections, an organization that seeks to reunite biological siblings separated by the foster care system.


Program Details

  • Population Served: Waltham elementary school students, age 7-11

  • Community Partners: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts; Stanley and Plympton Elementary Schools; Sibling Connections

  • Transportation: Walking and Brandeis Waltham Shuttle; Van on Fridays
  • How to Participate:

    1.  Email us and meet with us to express interest;
    2.  Complete the necessary forms and training (e.g., CORI form, AVT);
    3.  Connect with Alexi (match specialist) for an interview
  • Volunteer Time Commitment: One hour per week with a minimum commitment of three semesters being matched, two of which need to be consecutive.