OUR VISION IS THAT ALL YOUTH ACHIEVE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut is a full member agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The national agency was founded over 100 years ago to foster the healthy growth and development of children, helping them to reach their full potential. The federation of Big Brothers Big Sister agencies, comprised of over 250 organizations in all 50 states, is the largest national network of mentoring agencies. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the acknowledged leader in building relationships that unite children with committed volunteers. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut serves 40 communities throughout New Haven and Fairfield Counties. Volunteer mentors are matched with children between the ages of six and fourteen. Children may remain in the program until the age of eighteen. Specific programs exist for children: -From single parent families; -Deemed at risk by law enforcement authorities; -Affected by a learning disability; -In need of contact with a healthy, stable couple; -Virtual Mentor. Additional programs utilize high school or college students as mentors. After school, on site mentoring programs are available in some locations.