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.

2Gen Media Release Announcement

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (January 25, 2021) TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION IN GRANTS TO AREA BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS AFFILIATES Grant dollars will serve the needs of parents and their children across East Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) has awarded a $1 million grant to Big

2020 Holiday Party

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (November 20, 2020) Our annual Holiday Party is on! Please read the full details below as many details have changed and please note that RSVPs are required. Inquire with your Match Support Specialist for RSVP link. Before we go into the fun stuff (presents, food, crafts, etc.), I do

Cold-weather COVID Update for Bigs

NEW UPDATES FROM BBBS-ETN KNOXVILLE, TN (November 19, 2020) I hope you are doing well and staying safe! Let me start by saying “Thank you!” to each of you! So many of you have kept mentoring your Little during these crazy times, and we appreciate you so much. The volunteer spirit has remained strong even

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: