Beyond School Walls


Shared goal(s): Provide student access to learning technology, Support youth during out-of-school time activities


Beyond School Walls, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s workplace mentoring program, offers employers a convenient means of bringing more volunteer opportunities directly to their employees.Youth from a local school are matched one-to-one with a professional from the corporate partner for the duration of the academic year. The students visit their mentors at the company’s offices on at least a monthly basis to explore career opportunities, develop professional skills, and interact with their peers in a real-world work setting. Employers benefit by training the next generation of the workforce and providing their teams with a meaningful way to give back to their communities.

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Lead organization partners: There are currently over 340 partners nationally, including 29 Fortune 100 companies

Kinds of organization: Financial Intermediary, For-profit Company, School/School District

Participant population: Youth (Ages 14-17 or Grades 9-12), Youth (Ages 5-13 or Grades K-8)

Youth development support targetted: Out-of-School Time Academic Enrichment/Extended Learning, Relationship with a Caring Adult, Mentor, or Tutor, Whole Child/Positive Youth Development

Primary funding source: Corporate Sponsorship (including in-kind donations, matching gifts, volunteer program), Government Entity/Grant, Local Philanthropy



Timeframe: Fall 2020 (Academic Year), Spring 2021 (Academic Year), Winter 2020 (Academic Year)

Location: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Washington, DC, West Virginia

Total capacity: Served nearly 8,500 nationally last year across 53 agencies

Health and safety: Compliance with State/County/City guidance, Required masks for all--adults and youth--on site

How do you address inequity? 

Beyond School Walls exposes youth to professional workplace settings through one-to-one mentoring relationships.

Contact information: 

Tim Pehlke, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America,


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