Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston is a private, nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Founded in 1952, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston serves more than 1500 children annually. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston is a United Way agency sponsored by the United Way of Texas Gulf Coast.
The organization is funded primarily through private gifts and grants. Special events including, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Golf Tournaments and an annual Gala are the agency’s secondary source of support in addition to the generous support of the United Way.
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Recently Public/Private Ventures conducted a comprehensive study of boys and girls involved in a one-to-one mentoring relationship through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The results:
- 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to start drinking
- 52% less likely than their peers to skip school
- 30% less likely to hit someone
- 5 times less likely than other girls between the ages of 15 and 19 to become pregnant
Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children between the ages of 6-15, who are primarily from single-parent families, with volunteer adult mentors. Both the children and their parents receive training on communication skills and empowerment in addition to invitations to on-going training sessions and annual BBBS events.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or may be a Junior or Senior in High School to take part in Site Based mentoring. The selection process for volunteers is comprehensive and includes an in-depth interview, background check, and office visit. Volunteers receive initial and on-going training through The Mentoring Institute of BBBS. Subjects include: mentoring skills, learning styles, cultural dynamics, ADD/ADHD, abuse, poverty, and many other compelling areas. Volunteers also receive continuous support from trained professionals within the organization.
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