Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities (BBBS) helps children realize their potential and build their futures and strengthen their communities. Since 1920, BBBS has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive.
The organization makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children age 8 to 18 (Littles) in the Twin Cities. Every match is carefully administered and held to the highest standards, to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people.
Littles come to BBBS from all corners of the community. Many are facing adversity of some type – most have single-parent and low-income homes, some have an incarcerated parent. But like all children, they benefit from a caring adult in their life.
Over 2,500 Littles are currently matched with a Big Brother or a Big Sister through BBBS. Research shows that after just one year of mentoring, children make significant, positive developments both academically and socially. Littles do better in school, get along better with their peers and families, and are more likely to avoid risky behaviors than their nonmentored peers. These attributes lead to long-term success for children, families and communities.
To learn more about BBBS or to get involved as a donor or volunteer, please visit www.bigstwincities.org.