Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence
What Does Hero Mean?
Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence (BBBSI) engages thousands of volunteers who give their precious time to mentor youth throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. Founded in 1915, BBBSI has positively impacted the lives of over 125,000 youth over the past century. The organization is best known for its evidence-based mentoring programs in which more than 3,100 youth per year are professionally supported and empowered to achieve their full potential. These programs are designed to create positive youth outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and improved relationships. BBBSI additionally works with other mentoring organizations in the area, providing best practices training and technical assistance to ensure all youth have access to high quality mentors and high quality mentoring programs.