Big Brothers Big Sisters Of America

Rating: 4.87 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 230 N 13th Street Philadelphia PA 19107 USA

Mission: Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Results: The organization holds itself accountable for children in the program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as higher aspirations; greater confidence and better relationships; educational success; and avoidance of delinquency and other risky behaviors.
Target demographics: Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. Headquartered in Philadelphia with a network of about 370 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 250,000 children.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 23-1365190
(215) 567-7000
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a big sis for a couple months now. My little sis has the biggest heart, but she was struggling with her shyness. She wasn't participating in school or activities. She loves to sing and dance, so I have been taking her to some hip hop dance classes for some of our outings. She would barely talk the 1st week in class, but has continued to grow confidence these past 2 months. Yesterday she sang an incredible solo for the entire class and teachers! I was so proud of her! She has also started participating in school, and she even won a contest for answering multiplication questions 1st. I have seen her start to grow into a confident and caring young girl in just 2 months! It's an amazing experience to be a part of!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how I can have a positive influence in a child's life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have access to more activities to do with my little sis.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas for the past 2 years. My husband and I mentor a nine year old boy together. Our Little lost his dad when he was 3 and lives in a single parent home with 2 other siblings. He has no male influences in his life besides my husband. His mom goes to school full time and is a wonderful mom but at the end of the day she just doesn't have enough time to give her son everything he not only needs but wants. My husband and I spend time with him doing normal every day things. His favorite thing to do is hammer wood in our garage. I thought by mentoring a child that I would make his life better, but what I've found is that we have both benefited tremendously. Big Brothers Big Sisters helps change lives of not only children but also the adults that mentor them. We have seen our little brother become more confident. When we first started hanging out with him he had a hard time making eye contact and didn't like to talk to people he didn't know that well. The other day we had lunch with a friend of ours that he didn't know and he sat and held a conversation with him for 20 minutes. Our little will be a part of our lives forever. We look forward to helping him graduate from high school and go to college. He will always be a part of our family no matter where life takes us. Without Big Brothers Big Sisters we would never have had the opportunity to change a life and also to be changed! The impact that this program makes is huge and we will always be involved through mentoring and being donors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the fact that my life is better because of mentoring this child. My life has become fuller and richer because of him.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

want them to have a larger presence in their communities. It's very hard to let the areas know the impact of the program b/c the work goes on in the community and not in a building.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Provide more activities.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, it made me want to be a better person.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel good knowing I'm helping impact the future of someone else for the better.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a big with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. I've been matched with 'little' for about a year and half. It's been amazing. Not only do I see a boost in his confidence and grades, but a better relationship with his family, and becoming a leader amongst his friends. We've come a long way in our relationship and have a long way to go! Thanks to BBBS this relationship has been facilitated and lives are being changed. Thing is, I don' t know if mine has changed more or his! Thanks BBBS!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways! Not only is our relationship great, but so are the people that work there. They are so supportive and helpful whenever I have questions. Makes the relationship very seamless!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

maybe retool it more specifically towards boys and men. Women seem to be plentiful, but men volunteers not so much. I wish there were more men to match the need for the overflow of boys in need.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Not much really. It's up to me to build the relationship.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Big time! I don't have younger siblings so I never hang out with people who are so dependent. I think everyone should go through this organization before even thinking about having children of their own. Very eye opening!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

humbled

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had long wanted to be a "Big" with Big Brothers Big Sisters; however, I felt that my lifestyle of moving around every few years would not be conducive to the kind of commitment I wanted to give to a child. Thus, when I finally settled down 3 years ago, I made the call to the local chapter.
I have thoroughly enjoyed mentoring my Little, who was 8 at the time of our pairing. She is now 11. My plan, so long as I am in the area, is to stick by her side through high school (and beyond if she wishes). If I should ever have to move out of the area, my plan would be to maintain contact.
I have enjoyed getting to know a young girl who had lost her mother. I have enjoyed seeing her grow into the young lady she is today. The activities we do each week vary. We've read books together, played games and done puzzles. We've gone out to the park or the lake. We've simply walked the dog. We've been to the Humane Society often to volunteer by playing with thecats and walking their dogs. Mostly though, it's been about building a trusting relationship and allowing my Little to have a chance to have a female someone to turn to and ask questions. I know that the questions are going to get increasingly harder and likely more personal. I also know that I am making a difference in the life of a child. I take that responsibility very seriously. That's why I plan to stick with her through graduation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen a young girl grow more confident and trusting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make it so they had enough Bigs out there for every Little who needs one!

 
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