Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) emphasized from its inception that providing adult support for children living in impoverished social and economic conditions would help them to rise above their life circumstances. In so doing, these children would be provided with a skill set focused on achievement, cooperation, and a sense of belonging. This fundamental approach to service has had a positive impact on the lives of most participants. This entry will discuss the principles, growth, and impact that BBBSA has made in helping to eliminate poverty in the lives of the children it has impacted.


The origins of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America began in 1904, when Ernest Coulter, a New York City court clerk, observed an alarming increase in the number of ...

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