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 6 through 18, in communities across the country - including yours.
Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.
Our 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.
Accountability Statement: We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving: higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships; Avoidance of risky behaviors; Educational success
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.1
1 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
Big Brothers Big Sisters has been added to SAMHSA's National Registry for Evidenced-Based Practices
The National Registry of Effective Program Practices (NREPP), which is part of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), is a searchable online registry of more than 220 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. It connects members of the public to intervention developers so they can learn how to implement these approaches in their communities. NREPP publishes a report called an Intervention Summary for every intervention it reviews (not all submissions are reviewed). They rate the quality of the research supporting the intervention outcomes and the quality and availability of training and implementation materials. The Intervention Summaries are meant to promote informed decision making regarding various intervention programs.
In the world of evidence-based programs, having the endorsement of NREPP carries tremendous credibility for our funding partners. This recognition of BBBS' comprehensive program practices helps validate the network-wide efforts we have made - and continue to make - to mentor Littles with consistent quality and high impact.