Big Buddies

Big Buddies is a child-centered service program that reaches out to the community by providing positive role models for elementary school children from the ages of 6-10 (Little Buddies Program) and middle school children from the ages of 11-14 (Middle Buddies Program).

The program is structured as a group-on-group setting, with one-on-one pairings. This system expands the role model influence to many different types of college students from the University of Redlands. The program invites children from local communities to participate. If you are interested in participating in Big Buddies, please complete our intake form



Mondays 5:30pm to 7:30pm. 

Sample Itinerary: 

5:30 pm: Opening group activity  

6:00 pm: Weekly thematic mentor activity 

7:30 pm: Pick Up  


Orton Center, University of Redlands.


The Big Buddies (College Mentors) are selected through an application and interview process that takes place during the first month of each semester. In order to verify that the college mentors have clear credentials to serve with the Big Buddies program, the names of each applicant are run through the Student Affairs Office for a university background/disciplinary check as well as a background check with Sterling Volunteers.


For inquiries, please contact the Director of Children's Programs by calling the Office of Community Service Learning at (909) 748-8292.