Big Brothers Big Sisters


Together, we are changing what it means to grow up in our community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a donor and volunteer supported youth mentoring organization. It is the oldest, largest and most effective mentoring organization in the United States. We have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors children, ages 6 through 18, in a variety of different programs – Become a Big!

As a program of the YMCA of Rock River Valley, the Big Brothers Big Sisters YMCA provides successful mentoring programs for all children who need and want them throughout Winnebago and Boone Counties. These programs contribute to strengthening the foundation of our community through supporting youth in academic success, social skill development, self confidence, and more - Become a Little!



To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, processionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Our Impact on Youth

Kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:

  • Are more confident
  • Are less likely to do drugs and drink alcohol
  • Do better in school
  • Get along better with their family and friends
  • Feel better about themselves

Our Impact on Volunteers
Volunteers in Big Brothers Big Sisters understand that lasting community impact happens one child at a time.  Expand your horizons and make a positive social impact on your community.  Volunteering as a Big Brother or a Big Sister is the most rewarding thing you'll ever do.

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