Changing perspectives. Changing lives.
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
We care about the future of our children. Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWGA Mountains currently serves over 800 youth annually in one-to-one relationships. Our service to our community includes the counties of Whitfield, Murray, and Gordon. Our staff of 10 employees supports our community’s children and their families through friendships that are formed with caring adult volunteers.
Please explore our site to learn more about our history, our staff, the services we provide, and our board and advisory committees, and to find out how you can become involved in the most comprehensive one-to-one mentoring program in the northwest Georgia area.
Several programs form the foundation of BBBS’s mentoring objectives:
- Community-based Mentoring is one-to-one mentoring supervised and supported by trained professionals. Children and volunteers are matched to build a special mentoring friendship.
- School-based Mentoring is one-to-one mentoring conducted on site at local schools. Friendships are formed between community volunteers and children attending partner schools.
- Hispanic Mentoring Program (HMP) is a community-based program where a one-to-one friendship is established between an adult volunteer and a child who may come from a home where Spanish is the primary language spoken.
- Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCP) is the one-to-one mentoring initiative that provides children of incarcerated parents with mentors from the community.
Vision: all children achieve success in life.
Mission: provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Accountability: by partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:
- Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
- Avoidance of risky behaviors
- Educational success
Our Programs Start Something
Here’s the proof. National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, 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 Child Protection
Big Brothers Big Sisters makes child safety our priority. We have zero tolerance for abuse or exploitation of any kind. Big Brothers Big Sisters has designed our child protection systems in collaboration with experts including the Centers for Disease Control, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Nonprofit Risk-Management Center.
Our volunteers and staff undergo thorough screening and background checks. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ professional mentoring support staff have ongoing and regular communication with volunteers, mentees and their families and are trained to immediately make law enforcement and child protective services authorities aware of any reports of abuse or exploitation.
We remain committed to improving children’s odds for overcoming adversity, succeeding in school, breaking
negative cycles and having higher self-esteem and aspirations. Safety and security are the foundation of the service we provide.
The integrity of our program is extremely important and to achieve the highest quality standards possible, we work to con