Empowering Children To Dream Big

Each year, BBBS of Greater Rochester impacts more 500 youth through three unique mentoring programs that serve children and youth in their communities, schools, and in the workplace. 
By building a strong, one-to-one and professionally-supported mentoring relationship to serve as a foundation for transformative impact and life skills learning, BBBS’s innovative approaches to expanding mentoring opportunities help to close both the achievement and opportunity gaps that exist for too many underserved children and youth. In short, we develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Our Littles

In 2016, of the children we served:

Are impacted by incarceration
Were youth of color
Receive free and reduced lunch
Live in single parent homes

Big impact—proven results

We strive to make a positive impact on children and empowering them to succeed. Last year:

improved or consistently maintained their sense of confidence in having a trusted adult relationship
of children improved or consistently maintained their sense of parental trust
of children improved or consistently maintained their attitudes toward avoidance of risky behavior
reported feeling an improved sense of social acceptance

A Science Based Model

According to the Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) study, our one-to-one matches truly make an impact in children's lives. A Big Brothers Big Sisters’ match is carefully administered and held to the strictest standards. Agencies strive for matches that are not only safe and well suited to each child’s needs, but also harmonious and built to last. The entire matching process, from the initial screening to the final pairing—and beyond—is made possible by your financial support.

We are not simply matchmakers. We...

  • provide ongoing support and supervision to the Big, the Little, and the Little’s family.
  • offer training and advice to help ensure that the match is working for everyone involved.
  • receive ongoing training and consulting from the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Office.

This web of support helps maximize the likelihood that a Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship will thrive.

Measuring our Impact

Big Brothers Big Sisters believes that it must hold itself accountable to the families, children, and mentors enrolled in our program. We must hold ourselves accountable to the donors, partners, and advocates who fund our work. That is why a commitment to continuous learning, improvement, and research is at the heart of what we do.

Our commitment to measurement, analysis, and improvement is so core to who we are that we have developed a unique, proprietary method of tracking the interactions between Bigs and Littles. Known as the Agency Information Management system (or AIM), this performance management tool helps guide the decisions of our agency and of our professionally trained staff members. Built to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, AIM provides the intelligence and data to continually improve our services to children.