Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has been transforming the lives of children since 1970. We are a member agency of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States, consisting of more than 350 agencies nationwide.
Our vision is that all children achieve success in life. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
We partner with families, donors, volunteers, schools, government, and other organizations to provide children facing adversity with the tools they need to not only succeed, but thrive. Big Brothers Big Sisters evidenced based programs helps children stay in school and out of trouble.
To ensure we are able to effectively and efficiently address children’s needs long into the future, we are focusing on building and strengthening our relationships with key educational and juvenile justice partners. Together we will create stronger families, better schools, and safer communities.
Why invest in Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Critical Need: Adult mentors provide positive role models to help children avoid substance abuse, anti-school behaviors or criminal activity, and give them a better chance at college.
Compelling Vision: A strong and enduring one-to-one relationship changes children’s lives for the better, forever.
Credible Approach: Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee helps youth build essential qualities for a healthy and productive life.
Conclusive Results: Big Brothers Big Sisters has proven results on the effects of one-to-one mentoring on youth.
Cost Effective: $1,000. That’s the annual cost to develop and support each mentoring relationship.
Every one-to-one match that Big Brothers Big Sisters makes includes:
• In-depth and comprehensive parent, child and volunteer interviews • Criminal background and MVR checks • Volunteer reference checks • Assessment of the child’s interest and developmental needs • Assessment of the volunteer’s strength and talent to support the child’s growth • Volunteer and parent engagement and training • Professional staff provides coaching and support throughout the life of the match