Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern MO is partnering with MANUP Global in a movement that will empower Black youth and strengthen our communities…One Mentor At A Time! 


Do you dream of giving back and know you have more to offer? Join the BLACK365 Mentorship Movement. In 65 days, our goal is to recruit 300 Black mentors for Black youth across St. Louis.  


Join a movement dedicated to building a brighter future for our youth. 


You’ll need your Driver’s License and three (3) references with contact info. It will take about 10 minutes to complete this application. 

Our participants come to us with a wide range of personal characteristics. We believe that participant eligibility shall be determined without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or disability. 

Select all that apply. (On a computer, hold down CTRL to select multiple options.)

References and Background Check

Please provide at least three references. 
1) A reference from a Spouse or Live-In Significant Other is required. Substitute a family member if you are not married or do not live with a significant other.
2) A friend you have known for at least two full years is required.
3) A personal or professional reference is required.

Must be a minimum of two full years.


Are you passionate about empowering the Black community and making a difference in the lives of young people? There is currently a void in individuals to engage in a one-to-one mentoring relationships with STL kids.


When young people have a mentor their self-esteem soars, school attendance improves, risky behavior decreases and graduation rates climb.

Our goal

300 Mentors in 65 Days

Empower the next generation of Black leaders.

Mentorship is crucial in any community to improve academic and professional outcomes, but it is especially important in the Black community. Many Black youth have experienced trauma and discrimination. Their experiences make it difficult to trust others, and having a Black mentor provides a sense of representation that is essential for identity formation.

requirements to get involved:

Ways to Be a Big

  • Big Brother
  • Big Sister
  • Big Couple
  • Big Family


  • One-year commitment
  • 4 hours over 2 visits/month


  • Drivers license and vehicle

What makes a good Big? 

  • Respect for young people
  • Active listening skills
  • Empathy and flexibility
  • Ability to see solutions & opportunities

Have questions? See FAQs on being a Big here. Or Schedule a Call.