Our History

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Rochester has served a five county region of Upstate New York for the past 34 years.


The 1960's

Following the racial riots of the 1960's, a group of African American women decided their children needed male role models. They founded the agency known as Rochester Community Involvement. At about the same time, a parallel organization was developed to work with youngsters on probation. This organization was known as Volunteers in Partnership. As these agencies developed and grew, the common ground, children matched with volunteers, became evident to funders. Local funders recommended that the agencies merge to insure financial security and avoid duplication of services.


In 1981

The joining of those two agencies by United Way did just that. The merger took place in 1978 and the agency became known as Community Partners for Youth, Inc. In 1981, the merged organization became affiliated with the national organization of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.



Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) is a national non-profit organization that started in 1904 to combat the rising tide of juvenile delinquency and the increase of children coming before the courts. Since then, Big Brothers Big Sisters expanded services to help children across the country and abroad. BBBS is the nation's oldest and largest youth mentoring organization. Programs in all 50 states match kids with mentors who provide meaningful friendships, helping children reach their full potential and fulfill their dreams.


BBBSR (Big Brothers Big Sister of Greater Rochester)

Today our agency serves a diverse population with 50% residing in the city and 50% residing in surrounding counties. Our children primarily come from single-parent families headed by a female. Currently, over 500 youth receive services in Ontario, Monroe, Yates, Livingston and Wayne County.