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.

Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

For more than 100 years, 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, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

View our 2021 Annual Report to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters.


A Little Guidance

79% of former Littles surveyed graduated high school and have expectations of going to (and finishing) college
83% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big instilled values and principles that have guided them through life.
92% of former Littles surveyed reported an increase in their willingness to learn and their educational expectations
97% of former Littles surveyed showed a decrease in risky behaviors (like drugs, alcohol and tobacco)

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission

is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.


The Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision

is that all children achieve their full potential.

Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with parents, guardians, volunteers and others in the community and holds itself accountable for each child in its program achieving: higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, educational success and avoidance of risky behaviors.

Our Programs Start Something

Here's the proof. National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are*:

·         more confident in their schoolwork performance
·         able to get along better with their families
·         46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
·         27% less likely to begin using alcohol
·         52% less likely to skip school.

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*Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures