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.

For a detailed timeline of our local agency click here.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Whether you get involved with us as a donor, Big mentor, partner, or advocate,
you have the power to change a child's future for the better.