We are here to start something

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake 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.

A Little Guidance

83% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big instilled values and principles that have guided them through life.

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See how we forge strong, long-lasting relationships.
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Start Something Today

Sponsor change in your community.

Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

For more than 60 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As Maryland's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, we make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in your local community. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. 

Our Vision is to help all children and youth to achieve success in life.

Our Mission is to help children and youth reach their fullest potential through professionally supported mentoring relationships and a broad range of services with quality standards and measurable impact.

Our Values are that we continually strive to reach our fullest potential by modeling the values we work to instill in our youth, volunteers, and community.  These are the core values by which we live:

  • Create a safe, healthy environment for children, caregivers, volunteers, youth practitioners, partners, colleagues, and stakeholders
  • Conduct business with professionalism, positive attitude, respect, intergrity, and transparency
  • Deliver quality and impactful work
  • Communicate honestly and listen with an open mind
  • Celebrate success, innovation, and learning
  • Build an effective, compassionate, collaborative, and accountable team 

Our Programs Start Something

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:
  • more confident in their schoolwork performance
  • able to get along better with their families
  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school.1

What can you do to help?  Make a donation.  Mentor a child.  Start a program.  Call us or email us to find out how!

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1Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures

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