The new program coordinator for Burke and McDowell counties is Melissa Berryhill. Born and raised in Marion, she says “I know the youth of the counties I serve deserve the best role models possible.” With 22 years of office managerial…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:
Big Sister Annie, our AmeriCorps member for Transylvania County at Brevard Academy, was matched with Little Sister LeiArra. They are excited to play soccer, read together, and talk about all things animal-related (LeiArra has 7 dogs, 6 cats, chickens, ducks,…Continue Reading
We’re happy to report a successful year igniting the potential of the hundreds of children we serve in our mountain counties.Continue Reading