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 1,000 children in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties each year. Our proven model of one-to-one mentoring helps kids build the skills and capacities that lead to lifelong success.
Dr. Leah Meunier, CEO
Dr. Meunier’s doctoral training and 20+ year career in Austin have focused on building partnerships and strengthening public and private systems to improve outcomes for children, in school and beyond. Dr. Meunier’s background includes teaching experience at the University of Texas at Austin, and more than a decade of experience in senior leadership roles at Austin-area nonprofit organizations including United Way For Greater Austin and Workforce Solutions Capital Area.
Leah holds a B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. Her published research focused on early childhood, adolescent development, maternal depression, and parenting.
Leah, her husband, and two children live in Austin, Texas and enjoy running, cooking, and cheering on the UT Longhorns together.
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 1,000 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.
Albert E. Medina
Ana C. Rodriguez
Emily Franke MPA
Leah Newkirk Meunier Ph.D.
M. Dana DeLeon
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.