Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States.
We have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children, ages 5 through 18, in communities across the country – including yours. The 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 Mentoring Works
National research* has shown that positive relationships between youth and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. 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.
*Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) , Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures