Big Brothers Big Sisters has one mission, to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported mentoring relationships that will change their lives for the better, forever.
When you get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, what you’re really doing is changing endings. It is true that most of us born with a blank slate, a chance to write our own ending and create our own story. But the big pieces of our stories are most likely set early in our lives. Most of us are born with parts of our story already written. The kids in our program have chapters written for them too. But incredibly, there are people and there are agencies that break cycles and change the endings to stories.
That’s what you can do. You can make things different for our kids and our community. And that is the simple concept of mentoring. As simple as the concept is, however, it is complex in execution. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region is successful because it screens adult volunteers well, matches adults and youth carefully and then provides comprehensive support to its volunteer mentors as long as they stay associated with the program.
Most important, however, is our evaluation process. We evaluate our kids extensively to find out how mentoring is changing their lives. And what we’ve found is, although our matches aren’t working on homework together, our kids do better in school. They’re not in family therapy but our kids are getting along better with their parents. They’re not specifically talking about gang prevention, but our kids are avoiding delinquent behavior like gangs and substance abuse.
You can make a difference in a child’s life right now by donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Your contribution stays in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties to provide life-changing relationships to kids in need.