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.
Vision: all children achieve success in life.
Mission: provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Accountability: by partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:
- Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
- Avoidance of risky behaviors
- Educational success
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
And we couldn’t do any of it without you.
BBBS of Palm Beach and Martin Counties is a high performance culture which emphasizes responsibility, accountability, excellence in performance and positive attitude in addressing all opportunities. Our staff is committed to helping children reach their full potential through one-to-one mentoring. Fidelity to our mission, stakeholders and volunteers is paramount to our organization. Financial accountability is advanced through transparency and governance.
We have programs in 21 schools and sites spanning approximately 2,700 square miles from Boca Raton to Jensen Beach.
This three minute presentation tells the story of Rich, a former “Little” turned “Big.” Raised by a single mother in Miami’s tough Liberty City area, Rich beat the odds, went to college and became an engineer. Rich credits his success to the fresh perspective and support offered to him by his Big Brother. Now Rich is giving back to his new Little Brother, DJ. A truly powerful story.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties
West Palm Beach: 1700 Kirk Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
T: (561) 727-3450
F: (561) 727-3451
Stuart: 5035 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34997
T: (772) 283-8112
F: (772) 283-0803
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