Mission To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Vision All children achieve success in life.
History of Big Brothers Big Sisters The Big Brothers movement began in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1903 and slowly the one-to-one mentoring philosophy took hold over the next forty years. In 1946, thirteen Big Brothers Associations joined forces and formed Big Brothers of America, one of the few social welfare organizations to be chartered by the Congress of the United States. Big Brothers of America and Big Sisters of America merged in 1976. Today, our agency is a full network affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. There are more than 400 affiliated agencies nationwide serving youth and helping them reach their potential.
Our local donor and volunteer supported agency formed in Fresno in 1968 and began mentoring services in 1969. Since that time, we have served over 10,000 children and their families. In 1997 satellite offices opened in Hanford and Madera to cover an expanded service area of Kings and Madera counties. Expanding yet again, in late 2007 we merged with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tulare County and changed the name to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California to reflect our new region. Today, we serve four counties in the Central Valley and serve over 1,000 children each year through our different programs.
Our program has been acknowledged and honored by the Juvenile Justice Commission, Fresno Police Department, Fresno County Probation Department, California Youth Authority, City of Fresno, The United Way of Fresno County, and the Governor’s Office. We received a 2005 Quality Award and a 2007 and 2008 Family Strengthening awards from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In 2015, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California was one of 16 agencies to receive the National Gold Standard Award for their outstanding statistics and reaching all of their yearly goals.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California - 4047 N. Fresno St Fresno, CA 93726 - 559.268.2447 www.bigs.org Powered by Giveffect