About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

Making a BIG impact in LITTLEs’ lives.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has been transforming the lives of children since 1970. We are a member agency of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States, consisting of more than 350 agencies nationwide.

Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.

Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.


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Ready To Be Matched Littles


Amount Needed Per Match

Mentoring Works

Mentoring works and the statistics back it up. Littles involved in our program are more likely to:

Achieve the Avoidance of Risky Behavior by 97%
Achieve Socio-Emotional Competencies by 94%
Achieve Educational Success by 88%
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Why Mentor?

Mentor 2.0 Match, Big Sister Paula and Little Sister Lexus

Mentoring is important because, “not only would you be helping a young adult better prepare for the future and help him/her increase their chance of future success, you get the opportunity to show them they are valued and important. To see the impact that has on them is very touching and leaves you gaining much more than you could ever expect.”- Big Sister Paula

Latest news

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We can do better.

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (June 3, 2020) The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery join a long list of others and underscore centuries of violence, aggression, and injustice toward black people. Their deaths have not only left me speechless, they’ve left me heartbroken. I’ve tried to unpack how our team, as

BBBS-ETN to make first-ever online matches during COVID-19 pandemic.

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (April 29, 2020) Agency to match mentors with mentees online starting Wednesday, April 29. In response to safer-at-home guidelines – and for the first time in its 50-year history – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will, this week, make its first-ever online Matches between mentors (Bigs) and

COVID-19 — Thank You and Update

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (April 7, 2020) This is a message of celebration. A celebration of those of you who have donated or volunteered at a food bank since the COVID-19 crisis began. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee team has made hundreds of wellness calls in the past week – resulting

New Updates from BBBS-ETN

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (March 16, 2020) This week has brought challenges for all of us, across the country and right here in Tennessee. Yet – as I learn more than I ever imagined about pandemic protocols and terms like social distancing – I have never been more proud to be part of

COVID-19 Update from BBBS-ETN

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BBBS-ETN UPDATE (March 13, 2020) In response to increasing concerns related to COVID-19, effective today, BBBS-ETN strongly recommends that all Bigs and Littles avoid in-person match outings during the month of March (at minimum) and instead focus on building a friendship through email, phone, text, FaceTime, etc. Our team has put together

Tornado Relief for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee

TORNADO RELIEF FOR BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE KNOXVILLE, TN (March 6, 2020) Six families served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee lost their homes when a tornado ripped through the Nashville area on Tuesday, March 3. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is joining together with statewide BBBS affiliates