All youth achieve their full potential.
BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS IN THE MINING CITY
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butte-Silver Bow was founded in 1966, when Dick Spurck, a staff member of the Neighborhood Center, a component of the Butte-Silver Bow Anti-Poverty Council, asked for and received approval to spend some time organizing a Big Brother Program in Butte.
Big Brothers of Butte was incorporated in 1967, the first such organization in Montana. At that time, it affiliated with the National Organization, Big Brothers of America. In 1977, Big Sisters was organized in Butte to compliment Big Brothers. The two groups merged in the same year to create Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Butte and the rest is history!
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the ONLY prevention program in Montana proven to affect a broad range of social issues. Program evaluations consistently show that after entering the program, children are less likely to become delinquent, use alcohol, tobacco or drugs, become pregnant or drop out of school. Thus, investing in Big Brothers Big Sisters is more cost effective than investing in single issue prevention programs.
Defenders of Potential
Here's the proof. National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. See the statistics above to see how our little's face adversity after just one year in our program.
By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:
• Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships.
• Avoidance of risky behaviors.
• Better option of graduating High School and College.
Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.