Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
All youth achieve their full potential.
For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. And we have over a century of volunteers, donors, and advocates just like you to thank. It all started in 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement. At around the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were befriending girls who had come through the New York Children’s Court. That group would later become Big Sisters of America. The Big Brothers Association and Big Sisters International joined forces and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Big Brothers Big Sisters of (BBBS) came to the Inland Northwest was incorporated in 1965. Since our inception, more than 10,000 area youth have benefitted from our formal mentoring services.