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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 their full potential.

Our mission is to create and professionally support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of East Tennessee youth.

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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

Want to catch up on whats been happening lately? Take a look at the latest.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee offers new services to parents and families.

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (July 29, 2020) Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is thrilled to announce new services to better serve youth and families during COVID-19, including the following: • Match Support: Though our team is working remotely, we’re continuing regular support for Matches. o Remember, if you do not feel

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Announces Local Agencies and Boards of the Year.

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN I’m thrilled to share the news that Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has just named Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee National Agency of the Year! In addition to this tremendous honor, Board President Diana Salesky received the Irvin F. Westheimer Award for Visionary Leadership, one of the highest

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee to stream 24-hour funding marathon.

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (June 23, 2020) Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will host Game for Kids’ Sake, 24 hours of digital gaming on Sunday, June 28, from 12am to 11:59pm. Only the second digital event in the agency’s history, after the successful Mentor 2.0 Signing Day, the marathon is a

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

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