Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena
Simply put, Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children by adding another positive adult to their lives in the form of a mentor.
We make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles), ages 6 through 18, in Helena and Boulder. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Through the generosity of a variety of funding sources including individual donors, corporations, governmental entities, and foundations we have the resources necessary to carry out our mission, which includes conducting background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety. Donor support also allows us to provide ongoing support for children, families, and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships, which are key to successful mentoring. Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven by independent research to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the ONLY prevention program in Montana proven to affect a broad spectrum of risk factors (i.e. delinquency, alcohol, tobacco and drug use; teen pregnancy; and school dropout) while simultaneously helping children reach their highest potential. As such, the return on investment is higher across the board than dollars invested in single issue prevention programs.