Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Local branches match boys and girls with adult mentors who provide friendship and guidance. Volunteers are extensively screened. Catholic Big Brothers offer bilingual, deaf and hearing-challenged programs. Free.

Greater LA County, (213) 213-2400, www.bbbsla.org.

Orange County, (714) 544-7773, www.bigbrooc.org.

Catholic Big Brothers, (213) 251-9800, www.cbbbs.org.

Jewish Big Brothers, (323) 761-8675, www.jbbbsla.org.