Recruits, screens and trains volunteer mentors and matches them in one-to-one relationships with children facing adversity. By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community the program is accountable for each child achieving:
- Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
- Avoidance of risky behaviors
- Educational success
Also includes satellite offices in Colorado Springs and Durango.
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has been the national leader in youth mentoring since its founding in 1904 in New York City. In Colorado, our history began in 1918 with Claude Blake, chief probation officer in Denver, who watched wartime conditions cause an increase in lawlessness among boys in his community. Recognizing that these boys needed guidance more than critics, Blake established Big Brothers of Denver.
- The Big Sisters movement was active in Denver from 1921 until about early 1964. A few years later, in the spring of 1969 Big Sisters of Colorado began as a program out of the Southwest Community Center.
- The Big Brothers Big Sisters-Pikes Peak was formed in 1967 as a program of Family Counseling Service. Later, the program became affiliated with the Pikes Peak YMCA.
- In 1996 Big Brothers of Denver merged with Big Sisters to become Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Colorado. In 1997 it became Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Inc.
- In 2001 the organization merged with Big Brothers Big Sisters-Pikes Peak.
Currently operating out of offices in Denver and Colorado Springs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is the largest youth mentoring agency in the state. Throughout our history, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has helped young people overcome tremendous obstacles to become stable, successful adults.
Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson counties
RTD #1, 9
Call for more information or submit an online application. Referrals can be made by parents, extended family members, family friends, teachers, school counselors, therapists, coaches or youth leaders. Adults and youth are screened and interviewed prior to being matched.
- At least 21 years of age.
- Is willing to meet with their Little Brother or Little Sister at least twice a month in the Community Program and 1-2 times a month in the Sports Buddies Program.
- Has a safe driving record.
- Must pass a background check conducted by our staff.
- Between the ages of 8-12 at the time of enrollment
- Is from a single parent household, kinship care, or has a parent currently incarcerated or has been incarcerated during the child's lifetime.
- Is low income or facing adversity.
- Is interested in participating in the program.
- Is in the right place to start the program.
- From an active-duty or killed-in-action military family.