DEFENDING POTENTIAL SINCE 1904

Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing children's lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success.

Millions of children need a caring adult role model.

When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. Today's youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential.


What's New from Big Brothers Big Sisters

BBBSA Receives an OJJDP Youth Mentoring grant of $10.75M

More Littles will have a chance to have a Big of their own, thanks to new funding from the Department of Justice. Principal Deputy Attorney General for the Office of…

Video: “Defender of Potential Award: Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod”

In June at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference (BBBSA), Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McCleod were recognized as the inaugural Defender of Potential Award Recipients by BBBSA This award honors individuals who have shown extraordinary dedication to Big Brothers Big Sisters in defending the potential of children in our communities, through volunteerism, financial support and advocacy. Jenkins and McCleod epitomize what it means to be a Defender of Potential through their work and volunteerism in Philadelphia.

Video: “Choice of a Lifetime”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America recently teamed up with Emmy Award winning producers at Diamond View Studios on a social experiment that surprised four youth with a “Choice of Lifetime”. Big Brothers Big Sisters inherently believes that all youth can achieve their full potential and through our mission of creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. As an organization that welcomes volunteers and youth of all backgrounds, it’s with full intentionality that we build bridges and create life-long friendships through our mentoring model that is equitable. Kids can teach us a lot, but because of the daily challenges that faces them in this society, they still need and deserve a positive role model and that’s why Big Brothers Big Sisters exist.

BBBSA selected as a Salesforce.org Changemaker and featured in NYT

To celebrate believing in a better future and those organizations who make it possibe, Salesforce.org chose four “Changemaker Correspondents” and tasked four influential storytellers to tell the stories of these organizations. One of them was Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Arby’s Foundation Executive Director’s Editorial: “The Transformative Power of Mentorship”

In April, Arby’s Foundation Executive Director Stuart Brown penned an editorial about the transformative power of mentorship.

How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?

Matching

When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.

Relationship Management

Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.

Activities

When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.

Screening and Training

Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.