The Power of One-to-One Relationships
Lasting Results

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring has a proven long-lasting, positive effect on kids’ self-esteem, academic achievement, and relationships with family and peers. Littles are more confident, perform better in school, graduate from high school and college at higher rates, and get along better with their families.

Our Littles

Kids served (fiscal year ending 6/30/2020)
On the waiting list (as of 6/30/2020)

One in every five kids we serve has at least one parent currently incarcerated.

Single Parent Household

Low Income Families

Kids Impacted by Trauma

Surveys show that Little Brothers and Little Sisters experience:

Improved attitudes towards school 84%
A more positive outlook about the future 79%
Increased self-confidence 85%

* Data collected from fiscal year 2017 questionnaires

Kids enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters for 18 months, compared to non-mentored peers, were less likely to:

With evidence that mentoring relationships contribute directly to educational achievement in following ways:

Barriers to Academic Achievement

Chronic absenteeism
Inadequate academic preparation
Multiple suspensions
Poor academic performance
Repeating a grade



Academic Achievement

Academic skills and preparation
Non-cognitive skills development
Providing access to support in the community

Success Stories

One of the most rewarding experiences I've had...

I was a big brother with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bay Area and it was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had. The organization is very professional and goes the extra mile to ensure that there is a good match. It's incredibly rare to volunteer for a cause that is so real and impactful. I highly recommend Big Brothers and Big Sisters if you want to truly experience making a difference.

Alex Grebenschikov

I feel like the luckiest person in the world

I've been a Big for more than 8 years now and I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have my Little! She's amazing and I'm enormously proud of her. My match specialist has been a great gift throughout, checking in, providing resources when needed, and an informed, caring ear when I needed feedback. Great organization - I can't say enough good things about them.

Deirdre Visser

A truly rewarding experience...

I've been involved with BBBS for more than a decade and have always been impressed with organization and how much they care about their mission and supporting mentoring in the Bay Area. A truly rewarding experience in every aspect of their work.

Dan Wire

It's been an amazing experience

I've been a Big Brother for nearly eight years; it's been an amazing experience. The 1-to-1 match allows you to see impact that you can have on a young person's life firsthand - its compelling, poignant and inspirational. It is an experience not to be missed. The organization here in the Bay Area is terrific; professional, consistent and supportive. As with most tech. professionals in the Bay, my time is short and the time spent with my little has been worth every second.

Anthony DeLuca