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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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

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

License Plate Artist Call

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (October 8, 2020) The Big Brothers Big Sisters Tennessee State Association is calling on professional artists to create artwork for a new license plate. All proposals should be emailed to by Friday, Nov. 13. The selected artist will receive a $1,000 honorarium, as well as significant, ongoing recognition

October Business Partnerships

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (October 5, 2020) Here are some of the exciting partnerships our team is rolling out during the month of October. Make plans to visit and thank the below businesses for investing in the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee! • Nourishing Change at Three Rivers Market:

BBBS-ETN Golf Classic: Registration Now Open

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (September 1, 2020) Dear Friends, I’m writing to let you know that registration for the 2020 Golf Classic presented by EdFinancial and Regal is now open! We’ve modified the format, giving you more ways and more time to win prizes, all while keeping participants safe and socially distanced. We’ve

2020-2021 Events for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (August 21, 2020) The last months have certainly been a challenge for our team, our Littles, our families – and likely for you as well. With that said, I could not be prouder of the resiliency of this community. Together, we make a pretty phenomenal team, and I’m certain

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee to Host School-Supply Drive

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (August 19, 2020) Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will host a school-supply drive on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from noon to 7 p.m. This year’s event will take place at BBBS-ETN’s Knoxville office (318 N. Gay Street). In light of COVID-19, mentees and their parents will RSVP for