The agency moved into its new Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center at the end of 2016. Big Brothers Big Sisters' new, larger facility provides the physical space needed for the organization to serve more children, families and volunteers in Central Texas and to partner with other organizations, donors and sponsors in new ways.
In order to serve more kids, we must raise additional funds to provide the professional services that the children and families on our waiting list need and deserve.
Our unique model of one-to-one mentoring has a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. In 2016:
• 927 children had a BBBS mentor
• 55,620 volunteer hours were given by "Bigs"
• 98% of Little Brothers and Sisters improved or maintained their grades
• 99% of Little Brothers and Sisters stayed in school and avoided early parenting
• 6,892 staff consultations were conducted with volunteers, kids and families, ensuring matches were healthy, safe and provided an all-around positive experience
• More than $375,000 in new college scholarships were promised to "Littles" via the BBBS Scholarship Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters' mentoring services provide children - particularly those facing adversity - with the opportunities and support they need to succeed in life. We currently serve approximately 1,000 children each year, but for every child we serve, there is another child on our waiting list longing to be matched with a caring mentor of their own.
When you donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters, your gift allows the agency to match more volunteer "Bigs" with waiting "Littles," changing their lives for the better, forever. Every gift makes a difference.
"I know my Little Brother is doing his best to make the right choices. I know that his behavior and the way he handles himself is a lot different than when we first started hanging out. He used to have a negative outlook on things. Now, overall he's just a lot more positive. For a high school kid, I count that as a win." -- Current Big Brother
"He's a great kid. But he needs a male role model and I can't give him that. He needs someone to show him things to look forward to in school and in life. Someone to show him the choices he has that he hasn't been exposed to, someone to help him stand on his own and think on his own and not give in to peer pressure." -- Current Little Brother's Grandmother