Big Brothers Program
The Big Brothers Program at St. Xavier High School began in the Fall of 1974. Since that time we have had the pleasure of working with thousands of children. The program pairs high school Juniors and Seniors with younger children, ages 8-12, who are in need of relationships with male role models.
Approximately every other Saturday afternoon during the school year, the high school mentors pick-up their Little Brothers and together they meet the rest of the group at one of several fun and educational activities. These outing typically include activities such as a Xavier University basketball game, roller skating, hiking, a visit to the Cincinnati Children's Museum, the Cincinnati Zoo, and many other activities. At the conclusion of the day's activity, the student mentors return their Little Brothers to their homes.
This volunteer service program helps to foster positive role models for children in need. The attitudes and values of the young children are most certainly influenced in their relationships with their Big Brothers. The high school mentors also benefit from their new friendships. They are exposed to new ideas and ways of living and they discover unique opportunities for leadership through interaction with their Little Brothers. Attending each event and maintaining communication with their Little Brothers throughout the year are critical pieces in the success of this mentoring program.
The St. Xavier High School students who volunteer to become Big Brothers raise money to pay for the year's activities at the annual Big Brothers/Big Buddies Car Wash. This fund-raiser is held in September at various locations throughout the city. Additional funds are contributed through charitable donations and by the school itself. As a result of St. Xavier student fundraising and thanks to the cooperation of local parishes and merchants, Little Brothers and their families are not required to pay for any activities.
The Community Service Program is instrumental in providing the type of transformative experience that is the hallmark of Jesuit education. In developing relationships with people different from themselves, students begin to appreciate the struggles of the poor and the disenfranchised. These experiences call students from their comfort zones and challenge them to examine their lives in terms of Christian justice. As a result, students begin to acknowledge their many blessings.
We greatly value the time and energy that our students commit to this program. Service activities are invaluable to the success of St. Xavier's mission of forming "Men for Others."