Our Mission: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships and programs that change their lives for the better, forever.
Purpose: To provide every child in Vermilion County who needs and wants a mentor with a mentor.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermilion County links positive mentors (Bigs) with children (Littles) ages 6 through 13, in Vermilion County. In 1971 a group of concerned citizens were worried that children from single parent homes did not have the guidance they needed. They determined the best way to provide this guidance was through 1-to-1 mentoring. After contacting Big Brothers Big Sisters of America these caring adults developed Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermilion County.
Nationally, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. The organization continues as the leader in 1-to-1 youth mentoring for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people.
Landmark Study Finds Lasting Effects
This research shows the lessons children in the program learn and the opportunities that are given to them as a result of having a positive "Big" influence in their life lasts forever.
Among the studies findings:
Children who had a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters are:
"I think he was truly amazed that WE could make something and not go to the store and buy one that is already put together." - Patrick J. O'Shaughnessy
Read more about Patrick's story.
“At that meeting it was finally put to me how great the need is in our community for mentors, especially men”. - Kevin Stroud