Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical organization.  We help children realize their potential and build their futures.  We nurture children and strengthen communities.  And we couldn’t do any of it without you.

Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Our History at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois:

Our History at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois:

In 1979, a group of social workers from the Belleville Area Special Education District and concerned community volunteers came together to form an interest group, which became the first Board of Directors.  The problem they wanted to address was the growing number of students in need of positive role models and mentors.  In 1980, this group requested affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, hired the first staff person as Executive Director, became incorporated as a non-profit organization in Illinois, and applied for tax exempt status with the IRS.

In the first year of providing service to youth facing adversity, the agency matched 35 children with mentors and served over 80 children through group activities. Since that time, thousands of children have benefited from the individual attention of a positive role model and mentor.  With the support of the individuals and corporations in the community, the agency expanded services to Madison County in 1986.  Services began in Clinton County in 2001 and in Monroe County in 2003.  In 2015, more than 400 youth were matched with a mentor and more than 45 children received counseling services by our in-house counselor.


Mission: Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.  

Vision: All youth achieve their full potential.

Our Values :

 1. Make It Better – Everyone participates in making things better.

2. Take It Personally – Believe in the work; serve with purpose and intention.

3. Work Collaboratively – Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Don’t be too busy to help others.

4. Replace Ourselves – All will have a place if we are helping others grow.

5. Stay Fit – To be effective, we must first stay fit – spiritually, physically, ment ally, financially, and relationally.

6. Remain Open Handed – In a growing organization, change is constant. We will embrace change with our palms up.