We know Mentoring Matters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical organization. We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.

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83% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big instilled values and principles that have guided them through life.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters has made a bold commitment toward transparent accountability for our outcomes, holding ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving results in three outcome areas: (1) Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships; (2) Avoidance of risky behaviors; and (3) Educational success.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. 

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. 

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision is successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been making a positive difference in the lives of children and communities locally for more than 40 years, and across the country for more than 100 years.  We are motivated by our mission and bound by our values.  we CARE highlights some of those values and underlines our dedication to the 200,000 children in our network today.
   Commitment... helping children reach their potential through one-to-one mentoring.
   Accountability... promoting a culture of transparency and governance.
   Responsibility... doing the right thing, always.
   Excellence... holding ourselves to the highest standards and striving for continuous improvement.

To view our Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee 2015 Annual Report, click here.

Our Programs Start Something

Here's the proof. National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:

  • more confident in their schoolwork performance
  • able to get along better with their families
  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school.1

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1Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures