Big Brothers Big Sister's Overview
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps at-risk children beat the odds. Through the generosity of a variety of funding sources including individual donors, corporations, governmental entities, and foundations we have the resources necessary to carry out our mission, which includes conducting background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety. Donor support also allows us to provide ongoing support for children, families, and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships, which are key to successful mentoring. Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven by independent research to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles. Headquartered in Philadelphia and with nearly 400 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves a quarter of a million children.
Independent research shows Big Brothers Big Sisters has a measurable, positive impact in children’s lives. In a nationwide study, Little Brothers and Little Sisters were:
- more confident of their performance in schoolwork
- one-third less likely to hit someone
- getting along better with their families
Community-Based Mentoring – traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring, a few hours a couple of times a month.
School-Based Mentoring – one-to-one mentoring that takes place at school or a designated after-school site.
- 368 Children in Greater Chattanooga (Hamilton, Bradley & Marion counties in Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in Georgia) are being served through mentoring relationships.
- 208 Community-Based matches: a volunteer "Big" and a child "Little" spend 4 - 6 hours a month participating in activities in the community or just "hanging out." (49 of these matches are AMACHI).
- 102 Site-Based matches: the volunteer "Big" visits the child for an hour a week at the child's school or a designated after-school site--reading a book, playing a game, having lunch, talking, being friends. (23 of these matches are AMACHI).
- 116 COUL Kids (Club of Unmatched Littles) are waiting for volunteer "Bigs" because the need and desire for mentors grows faster than our volunteer base.