Big Brothers Big Sisters has been serving young people in Western North Carolina since 1982. We currently provide mentors to youth in nine WNC counties: Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain.
Not only are children who have a Big less likely to engage in risky behaviors, they are more likely to graduate from high school and continue their education. A Big Brother or Big Sister is someone who helps a child see opportunities beyond his or her immediate surroundings. With help from their families, our staff, and (of course) their Bigs, our Littles are transforming their own lives and the communities in which they live.
We recruit, screen, and train caring adults to be matched with children (ages 6-14) who face challenges, such as poverty, single-parent family, parent in prison, and emotional issues. "Bigs" and "Littles" spend time together forming a relationship. In our traditional program, they participate in activities in our community like hiking on the parkway, playing ball, or baking cookies. In our site-based program, Bigs and Littles see each other at the child's school or after-school program. They spend time playing games, completing homework, and having lunch together. Our staff stays involved to help Bigs and Littles get over any rough spots and to foster a strong, long-lasting relationship.
Here's what our Littles have to say about their Bigs: