Mentoring Matters. Big Brothers Big Sisters is helping Middle Tennessee children facing adversity realize a new and brighter future changing their lives for the better, forever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is an investor and volunteer supported organization serving children with a one-to-one mentor. In 2016, we served 1,423 Middle Tennessee children with a one-to-one mentor in their lives. We are igniting the potential of the youth we serve.
Funds raised by the Franklin Wine Festival are used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety; and provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships.
The initial volunteer commitment is for one year, but our agency reported an average “match” length of 38 months at the end of 2016 through our community based program. That’s a really long friendship!
Upon entering our program, children are surveyed in several key life skills areas so that we can determine the impact their role model is having in their lives. Last year, 86% of the children in our program reported positively on their progress in key academic areas; 96% reported positively regarding their social acceptance by their peers; and 93% reported a positive result on their opinions of risky behaviors – like never starting to smoke or drink alcohol, cheating, or skipping school.
In short, these children are improving their odds and realizing new and brighter futures because of the Big Brother or Big Sister made possible by this fundraising event.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently serving children in nine counties including Davidson, Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford, Dickson, Cheatham, Hickman, Robertson and Sumner counties.