Changing perspectives. Changing lives.
Since 1969 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As a member of the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota makes meaningful, professionally supported matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through 16 (once matched, there's potential for a match to continue until the child is 18 or graduates from high school), in communities across a five county service area: Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Morrison, and the northern tier of Wright County. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever
That all children achieve success in life
We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:
• Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
• Avoidance of risky behaviors
• Educational success
Our Programs change lives
Here's the proof. Research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters:
52% are less likely to skip school
32% are less likely to engage in violence
46% are less likely to begin using illegal drugs
65% show an improved attitude towards school
80% of “Littles” improve their grade in at least one subject; of those, 35% improve in three or more subjects
Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures