Duke Energy on Jan. 29 presented its Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award to Karen Dacey, program coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Polk County, at the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting. Dacey, fifth from the left…Continue Reading
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina is a United Way Agency.
We select and match mentors with children facing adversity and provide ongoing activities, training and support services to sustain a successful match relationship and lasting connection. By making a donation, you help expand what’s possible for WNC’s youth. You help change the life of a child for the better, forever.Learn MoreDonate Now
We see it everyday. In the stories our Bigs and Littles tell and in research studies: mentoring works. When you mentor, you change the life of a child and make a lasting positive impact on your community.
From building self confidence and improving academic achievement to connecting them with experiences that they otherwise would never have accessed—when children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors, have higher aspirations and focus on what they’re capable of.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina builds Friendships with a Purpose transform two lives: that of the Little and that of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Dorian was a Little in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for twelve years. His Big Brothers Nathan was there for him through thick and thin—committed to Dorian’s success. Years later, when Nathan faced immense challenges and hardship in his own life—Dorian was his most committed friend. Listen to their story here:
BBBS WNC Littles Improvement During the 2016-2017 School Year
Improved in Self-Confidence
IMPROVED IN Academic Performance
IMPROVED IN Behavior at School
When compared to their non-mentored peers, Littles are:
By Samantha Sinclair The Cherokee Scout Every day Murphy High School senior Jillian Phillips visits Murphy Elementary School, Jason comes running out of his second-grade classroom to greet her. They go to another room in the school to play games,…Continue Reading
Every day I help 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders with homework in our after school program (WINGS). Mason is a 4th grader that I work with there, who is also in the class I spend most of my day…Continue Reading