GivingTuesday: Fostering Resilience Through Mentorship

Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) is a national network of mentors committed to helping youth meet their full potential. At the core of BBBS is Community-Based Mentoring, fostering one-to-one matches between Bigs and Littles to empower youth while strengthening communities.

For over a century, mentors have supported at-risk youth to better their educational, social, and economic wellbeing. Whether they come from a low-income family, experience food insecurity, or have an incarcerated parent, many Littles are navigating difficult circumstances in addition to the average stressors of school and social life. Bigs ensure that Littles know they are not alone. They provide structure for Littles and serve as trusted adult figures. 

BBBS serves over 135,000 Littles across America. While each child and match has a unique experience, the program broadly reduces participation in risky behaviors and improves academic performance and social competence. Littles have gone on to study at Harvard, become CEOs, and empower the next generation as a Big. Learn more about their stories. 

“Littles are resilient as they navigate stressful circumstances in school or at home. Bigs become a trusted mentor to ensure Littles are able to reach their academic and social goals. Together, they thrive,” says Frances Davies-Chandler, Chief of Staff at Amicus.io. 

If you are interested in supporting BBBS, there are many ways to get involved. You can make a donation, volunteer as a Big, or even start a workplace mentoring program. Find a local chapter to support BBBS in your community.