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Since 1902, the mission of Big & Littles NYC has been to address the challenges facing youth living in New York City’s low-income neighborhoods by providing one-to-one community based mentoring services, supported by family counseling and skill learning programs. We seek to improve the lives of children of all faiths, empowering them to recognize, reach for and achieve their full potential as self-sufficient adults.
Over a century of experience has taught Big & Littles NYC that mentoring relationships are most effective when they are part of a program that provides comprehensive supportive services. Big & Littles NYC has created an innovative comprehensive service model that, in addition to direct support and training for all mentors, offers free, family systems counseling and skill building/college bound workshops and activities to its youth and their families.
Big & Littles NYC serves children ages 7-17, from low-income, mostly first generation immigrant families. Over 70% of the families we work with are headed by single mothers; 50% of the parents are unemployed or underemployed, and 70% live below the poverty line. Our families come from all neighborhoods in the four larger boroughs, with particular concentrations in the Lower East Side, Brooklyn, Harlem and the South Bronx. Client families identify themselves as 53% Hispanic, 31% African-American, 14% multi-ethnic/bi-racial, 1% Asian, and 1% Caucasian. Services are offered to all families without regard to religion or church affiliation.
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