“One student in particular, let’s call them ‘T,’ has been asking me to draw with them a lot and play tag almost every day. It’s very sweet! The specific moment that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about happened…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 successful match relationships and lasting connections. By making a donation, you help expand what’s possible for WNC’s youth. You can help change the life of a child for the better, forever.Learn MoreDonate Now
Mentoring works. We see it every day. We hear it in the stories our Bigs and Littles tell us and in the research studies that we read. And you can learn about it firsthand. 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 having experiences they otherwise might never have, children and teens guided by caring adults are more likely to aspire higher, focus on what they’re capable of and avoid risky behaviors.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina builds “Friendships with a Purpose” that transform the lives of both the “Little” and his or her “Big.” Dorian was a Little in the program for 12 years. His Big Brother Nathan, there for him through thick and thin, was 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 (Local youth outcome surveys, 2021)
IMPROVED in Self-Confidence
IMPROVED in School Behavior
IMPROVED in Problem Solving
When compared to their non-mentored peers, Littles are:
I have served with AmeriCorps for a few months now and have had the experience of working with some many brilliant young minds. I have been moved about the school to different classrooms with different students. I now serve with…Continue Reading
Suzanne Sovocool, a new Program Coordinator in Burke and McDowell counties, moved there from Rochester, NY nearly two years ago. She and husband Charlie are renovating an old farmhouse they bought, while Tobi, their Malti-poo, runs around looking for squirrels…Continue Reading