Mentoring Program

Our program was founded as a Big Brothers/Big Sisters initiative in 1965 and since then the program has evolved into an integral part of the Siena College Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy, touching the lives of many Siena students and local children every year.



Providing one-on-one mentoring between inner-city youth of the Capital Region and Siena students since its inception in 1965, the Mentoring Program has become an integral component of the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy. It provides Siena students and their “littles” enriching experiences that impact a lifetime.
By spending nearly every Saturday afternoon during the academic year together, “bigs” and “littles” are able to get to know and learn from one another. The program provides a variety of activities for participants to enjoy including apple picking, bowling, movie trips, roller skating, snow tubing, ice skating, picnics, and more. This is an exciting and engaging opportunity for Siena students to share in the life of a child and are encouraged to get involved.

Summer Enrichment Program - The Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer camp serving approximately 65 children each summer from the local community. The program runs weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and is free for all participants. Counselors are Siena College students and the program includes an academic component, recreational opportunities, and field trips to places such as the Saratoga Dance Museum, Fort William Henry, the Saratoga Car Museum, Greenwich Zoo, and Grafton State Park.

Contact Information

Advisor: Fr. Sean E. O'Brien, O.F.M.

Phone: (518) 782‑6144

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Building: Hines Hall

Room: Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy