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Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical organization. We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.

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A Little Guidance

83% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big instilled values and principles that have guided them through life.

Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

For 48 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through 18. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. 

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to impact youth by empowering them to discover and achieve their goals through meaningful mentoring relationships.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision is to create a community where youth can achieve their goals.

Our Programs Start Something

Here's the proof. Research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
  • 86% increase in self-confidence
  • 75% increase in academic performance
  • 81% improved decision making 
  • 69% improved relationships with family and friends 
  • 52% less likely to skip school.1

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1Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures

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