We Ignite Potential.
Established in 1965, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh is the region’s premier evidenced-based youth mentoring agency—earning national recognition for program quality and organizational excellence.
Our target population includes children ages 6-25 from single parent families, low-income households, and underperforming schools. In many cases, these children have incarcerated parents, encounter bullying in school, and face other challenging circumstances that increase their susceptibility to negative outcomes.
At BBBSPGH, we make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) in Allegheny, Greene, and Washington counties. There are three program options available that are designed to help develop strong one-to-one relationships, and make a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young children—Community-Based, Site-Based, and Big Futures.
After just 12 months in the BBBSPGH program, most mentees show improvement in the following:
REPORTED HIGHER FEELINGS OF SOCIAL SUPPORT
REPORTED DISAPPROVAL OF RISKY BEHAVIORS
REPORTED HIGH EDUCATIONAL EXPECTATIONS
EARNED ABOVE AVERAGE GRADES
Mentorship amplifies the power and promise of youth
96% avoided or decreased risky behaviors
91% kept or created plans for high school graduation and beyond
86% reported a strong or increasing level of engagement with school
86% stayed on track with or improved emotional regulation skills
84% reported a strong or increasing level of social competance
Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
All youth achieve their full potential.
Consider what young people are facing today — a global pandemic, racial unrest, distance learning, social isolation, fear and uncertainty. Greater Pittsburgh students struggle with one of the highest opportunity gaps — and the lowest ratios of students to guidance counselors — in the nation. That translates to tens of thousands of youth who need mentors in their lives. Kids need support now more than ever!
Mentored youth excel in many areas of their lives. It’s the student who makes measurable gains in academic performance. It’s the child who transforms from withdrawn to confident. It’s the young adult who now has hope and a plan for their future.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Pittsburgh seeks to amplify the potential that lives within all children to realize their biggest possible future.
Mentored Youth Excel
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