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Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As Maryland's largest volunteer mentoring network, we make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in Baltimore City and the five surrounding counties. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. With the help of our volunteer mentors, partners, donors, funders and families, we provide children facing adversity strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Together, we are responsible for helping each mentee achieve:

• Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships

• Avoidance of risky behaviors

• Educational success


Here's the proof.

National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
  • 90% show improved self confidence
  • 90% are able to get along better with their families
  • 93% are more likely to avoid substance abuse
  • 84% are more likely to avoid delinquency
  • 93% are more likely to show trust towards you1

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