To create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth
For all youth to achieve their full potential
Youth in our program achieve higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships along with educational & behavioral success
Nationally Known & locally active
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that every child inherently has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. The nation’s largest donor-supported and volunteer-supported mentoring network, we make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers – our Bigs – and youth – our Littles – ages 6 through 22, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people – particularly youth from disadvantaged socioeconomic demographics.
Our programs operate in 12 counties throughout Northeast Indiana & Southern Michigan
Indiana counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, & Whitley
Michigan counties: Branch & Hillsdale
We also have full-time staff members who are fluent in Spanish and most of our forms and training materials are available in Spanish too!
6 Unique Programs
In 61 Elementary & Middle Schools
1,431 Active Volunteers
35 Staff Members
47 Years Serving Indiana Youth
BORN IN 1904
THE NATIONAL PROGRAM began in 1904 a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter noticed the same troubled boys showing up in his courtroom over and over again. Realizing that none of these kids had a stable, caring adult in their lives, he wondered if responsible volunteers from the community could help these kids stay out of trouble. He didn't realize he was starting a movement. By 1912, "Big Brothers" were volunteering in 26 cities.
By 1916, Big Brothers had spread to 96 cities around the country. Similarly, Ladies of Charity noticed troubled young girls lacked a stable, caring adult as well so its members began befriending the girls who came through the New York Children's Court. This, too, began a chain reaction, and the group eventually became a nationwide organization called "Catholic Big Sisters."
To learn more about our organization from the National Office, click here.