What We Do!
We open our doors every day to young people. We’re determined to give them the extra support they need and deserve. They need caring adults in their lives. They want to be seen, known, heard and cared for. Together, with parents, mentors and community partners, we offer them a little more certainty and direction and a whole lot more love, fun and support.
Core Values and Beliefs
We put young people first and always act in their best interest. We are accountable, adaptable and determined; holding ourselves to the highest standards, focusing on impact and leading in innovation. We welcome everyone and build trusting and enduring relationships among all.
And because the future of our region and country rests squarely on the shoulders of youth today, we act boldly.
How We Serve
Our work is straightforward and dynamic. Our approach is unique in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America federation of over 300 affiliates. Today, our agency supports each young person, ages 5-25, in five focus areas, simultaneously.
We team up young people with role models, mentors and advocates.
Young people need to know they are loved, special, deserving and capable of amazing things; and that someone will be there to teach, support, guide and encourage them.
We expand horizons through new experiences and relationships.
Who you know. Where you go. What you experience – it all matters. Young people need to have a working understanding of their community and world. Meet new and different people. Imagine the possibilities. This is where hope thrives; dreams form; confidence builds and success is possible.
We promote and support academic success.
Succeeding in school is a must – it’s where you have the greatest and earliest chance to learn the fundamentals of living a successful life. Focusing on the ABCs (attendance, behavior and course performance in reading and math) is certainly a measure of academic success, but it is also an indicator of life long success, gauging a young person’s ability to prepare, get along, stay focused, meet deadlines and never give up.
We encourage healthy lifestyles.
Being healthy – physically, mentally and emotionally – is the key to a long and joyful life. Understanding what being healthy means and looks like is a prerequisite to practicing healthy choices and behaviors.
We provide temporary assistance to children, parents and families.
Everyone faces tough times; some more than others. In these moments, knowing you can call Big Brothers Big Sisters, who will suspend judgment and extend a helping hand, diminishes embarrassment and stress and builds within a sense of security, a grateful heart and the resiliency to move forward.