Big Brothers Big Sisters has strived to make an impact in communities around the United States for more than 100 years. Studies show that children who enter into our programs develop improved self-esteem, higher aspirations, and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors like underage drinking, using illegal drugs or skipping school.
We always have a need for men and women to step forward and make a difference in the lives of children in the Latino community. Show your support: donate or volunteer to become a Big Brother or Big Sister today.
- Edgar Villamarin
- Dr. Edgar Villamarin has been involved with Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters in Los Angeles, Calif. for more than twenty years and has been a Big Brother to his Little Brother Ulises for the past eight years. When they were initially matched, Ulises was seven years old and new to this country. He did not speak English and did not have anyone in his family who could speak the language.
- Rosie Perez and Wendy Williams Give Shoutout to Big Brothers Big Sisters!
- In a recent episode of the Wendy Williams Show, Williams and special guest, actress Rosie Perez, were discussing Perez's recent book. In the course of their conversation, Perez mentioned being inspired by hearing Williams mentioning having been a Big Sister on a radio show. See the clip here.
- President Obama Discusses "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative
- Coinciding with President Obama’s unveiling of his new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is announcing its plan to publish a white paper titled, “Mentoring Makes a Difference in the Lives of Young Minority Men: A Review of the Empirical Evidence.”
- Jack in the Box® and the Los Angeles Lakers partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Little Big Shot Tournament in Los Angeles
- Little Big Shot, a competitive basketball shootout tournament, will host fund raising events to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters in five U.S. cities in early 2014. The tournament will take place in Los Angeles on April 6th at Lafayette Multipurpose Community Center (625 S. Lafayette Park Place, Los Angeles).
- Fantastic Four
- Four of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s Fillmore High School site-based volunteers are members of the Ventura County Transportation Commission Teen Council. They are first and second generation decedents from El Salvador, Venezuela, Mexico and Portugal. The Teen Council is a six-member group. The other two members are from other high schools in Ventura County.
- Ileana and Miley
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte has been in operation for approximately 40 years, serving thousands of children in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties who come from a variety of situations, including single-parent households, having an incarcerated parent, or with a parent in the military.
- Peter Reyes
Peter Reyes’ first experience with someone he would consider a mentor came in the form of his 6th grade teacher.
“He was somebody who believe in me, who believe in my potential, who thought I could achieve whatever I wanted to and encouraged me through my studies,” Peter said, elaborating that his teacher implanted in him the importance of realizing what he could do with his life, and the kind of impact that he could have in his community.