Making the Connection
Our mission. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
We have been the leader in one-to-one mentoring for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County serves children ages 6-14.
Our Vision. To be recognized as the premier one-to-one mentoring organization in Elkhart County, creating brighter futures and a stronger community.
Community-based mentoring. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County focuses on one-to-one, community-based mentoring relationships. This is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship, where volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and children ("Littles") get together on their own to share fun activities they both enjoy. Matches typically meet 2-4 times a month, for 1-5 hours at a time.
Getting together is a great time for both the Big and the Little. It doesn't require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a few hours every month to share the simple things people like you already enjoy doing. Things like:
- Shooting hoops
- Cooking or sharing a meal
- Going to a movie
- Taking a walk in the park
- Or just hanging out and talking
Whatever it is the Big enjoys, odds are they will enjoy it even more with a Little- and they'll be making a life-changing impact. Volunteering just a few hours every month with a child can start something amazing, for both the Big and the Little.
Site-based mentoring. With Site-based mentoring, Bigs and Littles meet once a week during the school day. After sharing lunch, they can read together, shoot hoops, play a board game, or just talk. Just like Community-based mentoring, it's really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring Littles to reach their potential.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County is planning to launch Site-based mentoring in two local schools in the fall of 2017, We are currently recruiting volunteers, so if you are interested in sharing your lunch hour one day a week with a local child who needs a friend, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mentoring works. Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as: educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships.
National research has shown that positive relationships between youth and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters have a direct and measurable impact on children's lives. Little Brothers and Sisters are:
- More confident in their schoolwork performance
- Able to get along better with their families
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school.1
Read more about our proven impact
Read the 2013 BBBS Youth Outcomes Survey Report
1 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