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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 Supporter Ed Harmon Donates $50,000 to Support Agency’s Continued COVID-19 Efforts

KNOXVILLE/MARYVILLE, TN (March 22, 2021) DONATION The gift, which also commemorates the agency’s 50th anniversary, matches funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Long-time supporter William “Ed” Harmon has made a $50,000 gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS-ETN) in commemoration of the agency’s 50th anniversary and in support of its effort

Bigs Essentials Training Release Announcement

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (March 8, 2021) BIGS ESSENTIAL TRAINING Six Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates from across the state of Tennessee have partnered to bring mentors the tools you need to connect with your Little about real-world issues. Whether you’ve been a Big for five minutes or five years, make plans to

College and Career Fair Media Release Announcement

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (January 28, 2021) BBBS-ETN COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIR, PRESENTED BY ARCONIC World’s Fair Amphitheater (outdoors), with virtual options available Thursday, May 6, 2021 [Event: 4:30p.m. – 6:30p.m. | Panel: 5:15p.m. – 5:45p.m.] Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is thrilled to announce its 2021 College and Career Fair,

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