BORN IN 1904
THE NATIONAL PROGRAM began in 1904 when 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."
WHO IS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS?
- 78% interact better with their families
- 87% do better at avoiding delinquency
- 83% experienced increased self-esteem
- 96% were less likely to use illegal substances
- 77% were doing better academically
- 66% had improved school attendance