Big Brothers Big Sisters
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In 1904, Ernest Coulter, a New York City Clerk of the Court, saw a need for male role models to mentor the increasing number of young males entering the court system. He set out to find successful adult males that would positively impact the lives of these young boys and help them to recognize their full potential. A similar program, established by Ladies of Charity, was seeking positive female role models for young girls that were entering the court system.
In 1977, both organizations collaborated and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters operates in all 50 states and in 12 countries around the world. Their mission, to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that try to have a positive impact on youth.
Designed to serve at-risk youth, or "Littles", by providing them with mentors who
- Instill confidence
- Strive for educational excellence
- Teach right from wrong and
- Lead by example
The mantra, "Little steps lead to Big impact".
Big Brothers Big Sisters believe in measuring long-term impact. Of their former "Littles" surveyed,
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- 81% agree that their Big gave them hope and changed their perspective of what they thought was possible
- 67% agree that their Big played a role in their decision to attend college
- 83% agree that their Big instilled values and principles that have guided them through life
- 84% agree that their Big taught them the importance of helping others
- 85% agree their experience in the programs influenced them in overcoming adversity
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To learn more, please visit www.bbbs.org