What is Big Brothers Big Sisters?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Southern Tier is a site-based mentoring program that meets once weekly at a designated site location. During this hour of program, "Bigs" and "Littles" participate in various fun activities that focus on, but are not limited to, team building, community service, character education, creativity, and much more. All activities are supervised by a Big Brothers Big Sisters Site Coordinator. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Southern Tier serves youth in Steuben, Chemung, and Allegany Counties.

Safe & Effective Matches

The safety and well being of the youth we serve is Big Brothers Big Sisters' highest priority. Therefore, our "Bigs" undergo a thorough screening process in order to gain an increased understanding of their needs and expectations as a volunteer in our program. All "Bigs" attend a training about how to be a mentor and are introduced to the necessary skills to succeed. Our matches are effective because professional staff ensure that the relationships are safe and rewarding for everyone.

Program Impact

Independent research shows Big Brothers Big Sisters has a measurable, positive impact in children’s lives. In a nationwide study, Little Brothers and Little Sisters were:
  • 46% less likely to start using drugs
  • 27% less likely to start drinking
  • 52% less likely to skip a day of school
  • 37% less likely to skip a class
  • One third less likely to hit someone
  • More confident in their school work
  • Get along better with their families
  •  More likely to develop into confident, competent, and caring individuals