Despite having great parents, Brendan Heaney was a “less than perfect kid, whose principal “probably knew my name and face better than my teachers,” he said. That’s why he wanted to be a Big Brother – to help a…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:
BBBSWNC congratulates its Big Sister of 2023 – Hannah Epperson! Hannah and Little Sister Caitlyn were matched in 2019 when Caitlyn was 8. “Hannah was up for the challenge from the get-go and did her best to plan activities that…Continue Reading
Project MARS/AmeriCorps collects “Great Stories” from its members in which they reflect on their experiences mentoring in the classroom and the progress they see in students. This month’s story was written by Brooke Phillips. One of the many wonderful stories…Continue Reading