What We Do and Why It Matters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas exists to help children succeed in life. We do this by matching children ages 6 and above with caring adults who serve as mentors, advocates, resources, and guides. Volunteers commit to meeting with their Littles 3 to 4 times per month for a minimum of one year. Our professional staff are there every step of the way to solve problems and support each match’s success.
BBBS serves approximately 800 children in Travis, Williamson, and Hays county each year. Our proven model of one-to-one mentoring helps kids build the skills and capacities that lead to lifelong success.
Over 50 Years of Changing Lives
Throughout our years in Central Texas, our mission has never changed. We aim to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth, helping children build their biggest possible futures.
- In 1971 Big Brothers of Austin, Inc. is officially recognized by the State of Texas and begins to operate.
- In 1975 Big Brothers begins to serve females and becomes Big Brothers Big Sisters of Austin.
- In 1981 Hobie Day is launched – an annual match event devoted to sailing.
- In 1983 Bowl for Kids Sake, one of the agency’s annual fundraisers, begins.
- 1986 marks the beginning of BBBS’ Scholarship program, providing Littles in Central Texas a higher education incentive.
- 2005 is the year Helping Austin launches the Ice Ball Gala benefitting BBBS.
- In 2014 BBBS provides mentors to 1,165 children.
- 2015 sees 700 guests attend the 10th Annual Ice Ball Gala.
- In 2016 the Big Futures pilot program is launched.
- In 2017 BBBS celebrates the grand opening of the new Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center.
- In 2021 BBBS celebrates its 50th Anniversary of serving kids in Central Texas.
State of the Agency
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas has reached an unprecedented moment in time—one made possible by the contributions of those who have come before us, and those who continue to partner with, and invest in, us. We have:
- moved into a new facility
- launched new initiatives
- received local and national awards
- strengthened our professional team
- raised our performance measures to an all-time high
We have a dynamic professional team, new space, and a mentoring model that works.
While we serve approximately 800 children each year, as many as 200 children are waiting for our services at any given time. We must raise the funds to provide these children with the life changing mentoring relationships they so richly deserve. We hope that you will join us in meeting this challenge and providing new opportunities for these children.
Ana C. Rodriguez
Vladimir Herrera Alcantara
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas opened its new Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center in October of 2016. Located in East Austin’s Robert Mueller Development, the state-of-the-art facility provides more than 20,000 square feet of administrative and program space, enabling BBBS to better serve clients, volunteers and the community as a whole. With room to grow, we look forward serving even more children and families in the years to come, providing professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
BBBS has a rich history grounded in East Austin, one of the primary communities we serve. In the early 1960’s, East Austin community leader Lonnie McArthur and Father Richard McCabe, Director of Catholic Charities of Austin, worked to bring together boys in need with positive adult role models. Beginning as a modest program that served just five mentoring matches in 1963, today we serve nearly 1,000 children each year.
Over the decades, BBBS has broadened its impact by extending services to girls as well as boys, and by developing targeted programs to address the needs of specific populations, including youth transitioning into adulthood and children of military personnel. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas was also the first chapter nationwide to establish a scholarship program to encourage Little Brothers and Sisters to complete high school and pursue a post-secondary education.
For more than 50 years, BBBS has provided children facing adversity with professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Thanks to the ongoing dedication and generosity of staff, volunteers, families, donors and community partners, we look forward to many more years of working toward our vision that all children succeed in life.