Youth Development

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Defending Potential

aka BBBSA

Tampa, FL

Mission

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

Ruling Year

1948

Principal Officer

Pam Iorio

Main Address

2502 N. Rocky Point Dr. Suite 550

Tampa, FL 33607 USA

Keywords

Mentoring; Youth; At-Risk; children; families; foster-care

EIN

23-1365190

 Number

4197503082

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (P40)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Nationwide, research shows that more than 8.5 million kids grow up without a mentor. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America supports agencies across the country as they recruit, screen, and train mentors, called “Bigs,” and match them with youth, called “Littles.”

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One to One Mentoring

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of youth who demonstrate that they avoid risky behaviors

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

One to One Mentoring

Context notes

Based off of the number of youth who took a follow-up survey each corresponding year. The percentage of youth who demonstrated avoidance of risky behaviors is an average of 95% each year reported.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed positive relationships

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

One to One Mentoring

Context notes

Based off of the number of youth who took a follow-up survey each corresponding year. An average of 93% of youth demonstrated developing a special relationship with an adult each year reported.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed social skills (e.g., interpersonal communication, conflict resolution)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

One to One Mentoring

Context notes

Based off of the number of youth who took a follow-up survey each corresponding year. The percentage of youth who demonstrated social acceptance/peer relations is an average of 94% each year reported.

Number of youth mentored

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

One to One Mentoring

Context notes

Over the past 10 years, BBBS has served nearly two million youth through one-to-one mentoring. BBBS has focused on the quality of matches and the length of matches has increased year over year.

Number of mentors recruited

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

One to One Mentoring

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America supports agencies as they create mentoring relationships that empower youth to reach their full potential. Our programs are designed to help youth increase their self-esteem, do better in school, improve relationships with parents, avoid risky behaviors (such as smoking and drinking), and avoid involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America provides agencies the training, leadership, governance, technology, branding, and partnerships they need to have an impact in their communities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Affiliate Support, Training, Marketing & Communications, Youth Protection, Fund Development, Grants, Research, and Information Technology departments are staffed with professionals dedicated to the mission of creating change in communities around the country.

We use our data as a guide for how much progress we are making in communities. We survey the youth in our program every year to measure the outcomes of mentoring in their lives. Our Youth Outcomes Survey (YOS) is administered annually by Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) staff to youth enrolled in our programs nationwide. Littles complete the YOS when they are first matched in our program and annually on every match anniversary. The YOS measures short-term outcomes that are linked to long-term outcomes, including: Reduced risky behavior (smoking, drinking, etc.), reduced violent behavior, less delinquency, increased school engagement, higher academic achievement, plans to graduate high school, college readiness, and plans to attend and graduate college. In 2017, nearly 90% of Littles enrolled in BBBS programs nationwide maintained or improved on each YOS outcome measure when comparing baseline scores to follow-up.

Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been matching youth in one-to-one mentoring relationships with volunteers and supporting those relationships to make sure youth are on a path to reaching their full potential. In the past 10 years, we have served nearly 2 million children. We will continue to be the gold standard of youth mentoring and to continually improve our data, our programs, and our outcomes.

External Reviews

Financials

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No