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.

Real Life Story

See how we forge strong, long-lasting relationships.
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Help more children achieve
success in life.

Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has known 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. Click here to view our 2011 Annual Report and learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Big Brothers Big Sisters' Vision is that all children achieve success in life.

Big Brothers Big Sisters' Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. 

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:
  • perform better in school
  • get along better with their families and peers
  • are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • are 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • are 52% less likely to skip school.1

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1Tierney, 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

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