We are here to start something

Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical organization. We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.

A Little Guidance

83% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big instilled values and principles that have guided them through life.

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See how we forge strong, long-lasting relationships.
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Sponsor change in your community.

Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

For more than 100 years nationally and more than 50 years locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles), ages 6 through 18. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

All children achieve success in life. 

Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and other in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:

  • Higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships
  • Avoidance of risky behaviors
  • Educational success

Our Programs Start Something

Here's the proof. Research* shows the positive impact of mentoring on the lives of children matched with a mentor by Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring:
  • 96.6% had improved self-confidence and increased positive community/school involvement
  • 91% were less likely to engage in activities that could limit success
  • 90% performed better in school and feel more confident in their ability to succeed          

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*Source: Youth Outcomes Survey Report, January 2015

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