Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Topeka

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1119 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 3
Topeka, KS  66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 234-5524
Fax: (785) 234-5527

Nancy Knopp Daniels, Executive Director

Mission Statement: Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Serve youth in Shawnee and Jefferson County.

Hours: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Provide stable, mature, consistent and carefully screened adults to work with children ages 5 – 17 to provide guidance and adult role modeling.  Adult volunteers and children are matched on a one-to-one basis or couples on a two-to-one basis.  Matches are based on residential location, mutual interests and personality preferences. Eligible children should be from single parent households or out of home placement ages 5 to 16 with the permission of the parent or guardian.  Adult volunteers 18 and over.
  • Bigs in School is a school-based mentoring program. The program matches carefully screened adults with elementary school students who read and converse together one day each week during the lunch period at school. Eligible children are referred by their teacher and have the permission of a parent or guardian.  Adult Volunteers are 18 and over.
  • School-based high school Bigs program- Currently offered in Jefferson County.  High school students (Bigs) and elementary students (Littles) meet one time each week under the supervision of BBBS staff for recreation, conversation, bonding and other activities in the school.

Eligibility: School based program is for children in elementary school (limited to certain schools) with permission of the parent or guardian. Community Based program is for children in single-parent or non-traditional families.

How to Apply: Online at or call (785) 234-5524

Fees: None

Funding: Donor supported with help from United Way, City of Topeka Juvenile Justice Authority

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