Big Brothers Big Sisters of America 2016 Annual Report
Across the country, we have thousands of Bigs who take time out of their busy lives to mentor a young person in their community. Bigs give so much of themselves, and we are thankful for each of them. Each year, we choose two dedicated volunteers to highlight as our Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year. This year's winners are exceptional in their impact on their Littles and in their communities. We are honored to call Sabin, from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, and Laura, from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, our 2016 Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year.
Our Big Brother of the Year, Sabin, was once a Little himself.
Our Big Sister of the Year, Laura, has helped her Little Sister find her passion in life.
The Nationwide Leadership Council, which is made up of Board members and CEOs from local agencies, as well as National Office leadership, works throughout the year to promote effective communication and cohesive strategy across the network. The National Office leadership team works closely with the Nationwide Leadership Council and the National Board of Directors to look strategically at opportunities that benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters network, champion the mission and brand, and support the affiliates across the country that create the mentoring relationships that change lives for the better, forever.
“At the National Office we have planted the seeds for success over the past two years...”
“You are all helping to Power Big Futures, improving the lives of young people one relationship at a time...”
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It takes all of us working together to bring one-to-one mentoring to communities across the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and our national network of affiliates are grateful for the generosity and support of our dedicated corporate, foundation, and government partners.
Our corporate partners allow us to serve more children more comprehensively. They sponsor events that bring communities together and raise awareness, they shine light on the work our affiliates do every day, and they make it possible for us to be innovators in the field of mentoring.
Funding meaningful initiatives, big improvements, and important research, our foundation partners fuel success across the network.
Our federal grants allow our network to serve more children and more communities. Grants from the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) support Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs because mentoring has been shown to improve self-esteem, academic achievement, and peer relationships, as well as reduce aggression, depressive symptoms, drug use, and acts of delinquency.SEE ALL OF OUR PARTNERS
Thanks to our generous donors and partners, we are able to support our affiliates as they create meaningful change in their communities. The National Office provides technology, governance, compliance, partnerships, collaboration, and leadership to support the more than 300 affiliates in our network.
Powering Big Futures
All over the United States, caring adult volunteers are changing the lives of children in their communities. Evidence shows that our one-to-one relationships make a significant difference in the lives of children. Our average length of a community-based match is 29 months. The longer the match the greater the impact.
of youth in our school/site-based programs improve or maintain their grades.
A Big Brother or Big Sister who simply takes an hour each week to spend time with a young person can help their Little improve or maintain their grades.
Over the past 10 years, Big Brothers Big Sistershas matched more than 2 million children with caring, supportive adult mentors.
When children are matched with a Big in our community-based program, 97% report a significant increase in avoiding risky behaviors.
The influence of a Big Brother or Big Sister encourages youth to avoid risky behaviors like smoking, drinking, and abusing drugs.
More than 25,000 Littles in the BBBS program in 2015 had a parent who was in jail or prison.
Losing a parent to incarceration, even temporarily, can have a huge impact on a child. Having a consistent, supportive adult to spend time with can help a child deal with that loss.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is grateful for the pro bono support of Greenberg Traurig LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Moore Strickland, and Reed Smith LLP. These four law firms have devoted many hours to helping our organization. We also appreciate the ongoing pro bono public relations work of Dan Hill, President of Hill Impact.
Margaret “Peggy” Hofman
Margaret “Peggy” Hofman, a National Board President, passed away on February 2, 2016. Her early involvement with a local affiliate gave her insight into affiliate needs. Her business background helped connect local leaders with board members. Peggy helped shape BBBSA into the organization it is today, and she left a lasting legacy to our network.
Maimie Gimble passed away on April 13, 2016. She founded Big Sisters of Greater Miami in 1958 and was instrumental in the 1977 merger of Big Brothers of America and Big Sisters International, which created Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, serving on its Executive Board. At the time of the merger, Maimie was one of only a few early leaders who were named BBBSA “trustees for life.” We are forever grateful for Maimie’s leadership.
Gordon MacDougall, a former National Board member, passed away on April 25, 2016. Gordon worked for the U.S. House of Representatives before founding Beacon Consulting Group, through which he played a key role in advocating for BBBS and our mentoring mission on Capitol Hill. We greatly appreciate Gordon’s devotion to our mission.