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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.

A Little Guidance

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

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See how we forge strong, long-lasting relationships.
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Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

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 8 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 to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters vision is that all children achieve success in life.

Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with parents/guardians, volunteers, schools, donors and others in the community to be accountable for helping youth in our program achieve:

  • Higher Aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
  • Educational Success
  • Avoidance of risky behaviors

 

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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Read more in our 2015 - 2016 Annual Report

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

Diversity and Inclusion

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana actively engages diversity, inclusion and cultural competencies throughout our organization.

BBBSCI serves an incredibly diverse constituency of adult volunteers, youth and families of the youth, donors, and partners.  It is paramount to achieving our mission to value diversity and practice inclusion amongst all of our stakeholders served by the organization.  In doing so, we recognize the strengths and challenges of diversity include but are not limited to –race, religion, national origin, color, economic status, gender and gender identify sexual orientation, marital status, disability education, expertise, and socio-economic status.  The organization’s staff and board strive to be representative of the constituencies we serve.

 

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