Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Mission
Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Our Vision
All children achieve success in life

Our Values
Safety is our highest priority: For the young people in our programs, our volunteers and our staff. We use evidence-based criteria to make and support safe, life-changing matches that protect the physical and emotional well-being of our Littles. We put safety first, always ensuring we have systems, processes and personnel in place to properly support program participants and staff.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: We are committed to engaging a diverse volunteer network, workforce, and board of directors, creating inclusive work spaces and programs, and contributing to a more just and equitable community.

Life-Changing Relationships: We promise to support positive, life-changing relationships for our Littles, Bigs, donors, employees, and community partners. We will engage program participants in the design, delivery and evaluation of new and existing initiatives and commit to developing relationships before developing new programs.

Continuous Learning & Improvement: We value an environment of continuous learning and improvement that makes space in our processes and programs for inquiry, research and innovation; and in our young people, volunteers and staff, creates opportunities that support personal growth.

Stewardship: BBBS strives to efficiently and effectively use funds to achieve its mission, balancing the need to expend the majority of its funds on current programs with the need to invest in the infrastructure and administrative capacity necessary to carry out its mission over the long-term. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards of financial transparency and responsible use of our resources.

Mentoring Makes A Big Difference

Mentored youth do better in many areas of their lives. It’s the measurable gains in academic performance. It’s the child who transforms from withdrawn to confident. It’s the young adult who now has hope and a plan for their future.

And that’s why the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Why Mentoring Works.

Unbeatable Ratio. Only mentoring provides long-lasting, one-to-one relationships. Little Brothers and Little Sisters receive undivided attention, uninterrupted conversations and unwavering support. Mentors are consistent — even when home, school and friends are not.

Lasts Through Life’s Transitions. Children are matched at an average age of 9, when they’re still eager to build strong friendships with a caring adult. As the child reaches critical moments in their life — transitioning to middle school, choosing the rigor of their high school classes, navigating post-secondary options — those relationships have already established a deep level of trust.

Impacts All Facets of A Child’s Life. Little Brothers and Little Sisters do better in school then their unmentored peers and are more likely to attend college. The impacts of one-to-one mentoring go beyond academic success — they also make better decisions and have stronger social-emotional skills, which are often predictors of success.

Taking Big Steps Toward Success.

Little Brothers and Little Sisters build strong and enduring, one-to-one relationships with their Bigs — and that bond helps children who are facing adversity beat the odds.

Consider that compared with their non-mentored peers, Little Brothers and Little Sisters are:
75% more likely to receive a college degree
52% less likely to skip school
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs

View the full study here

And there’s more. Lots more.

To see more results, check out our 2016 Annual Report or 2016 At-A-Glance.

YOU Can Make A Difference In A Young Person’s Life.

Take a little step toward starting something big today. Find out how to be a Big Brother or Big Sister, enroll a Little Brother or Little Sister, or make a donation that supports life-changing friendships.