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 Names New Chief Executive Officer

September 30, 2021 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS-ETN) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Tyler Boldin as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Tyler replaces Brent Waugh, who after faithfully leading the organization for more than four years, departed in August to pursue other interests.

Thank You, and Farewell

August, 2021 Dear Friends, I’m writing to share the news that my last day at Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will be Wednesday, Sept. 1. Being part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters family these last four years – and seven total – has been the highlight of my career. And while I

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