Thank you! This annual report highlights the progress Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has made during the 2018 fiscal year—from being named a Pinnacle Agency, to launching service in Sevier County, to developing a three-year strategic plan, and so much more. This work is possible because of community supporters, like you: Bigs, leadership, staff, community supporters, caregivers, donors, corporations, and foundations.

Your investment in our organization has made the following successes possible:

• In 2018, BBBS of America named us a national Pinnacle Award Winner, an honor given to only nine of the nearly 350 BBBS affiliates across the U.S.
• Your investment helped BBBS-ETN make our first match in Sevier County: Mardeen and Ciera, pictures on the cover of this report.
• Last year, in an effort to reduce the number of children waiting to be matched with a mentor, we launched the 100 Mentors in 100 Days recruitment effort. We are proud to report that our community met the call, and nearly 150 East Tennesseans reached out to become a Big.
• We finalized a three-year strategic plan aimed at serving more children and raising funds to ensure long-term sustainability. To view this plan, visit

The success of the 2018 fiscal year is also due to the wonderful leadership of my predecessor, Doug Kose. Doug’s passion for the mission of BBBS-ETN propelled us to new heights, forever changing the landscape of mentorship in the East Tennessee area.

Thank you for your support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. Your investment is Igniting Potential in hundreds of youth through the power of life-changing friendships. With you by our side, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will reach our goal of serving 1,000 children by our 50th anniversary in 2020.

Brent Waugh
CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

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Your investment helps Big Brothers Big Sisters ignite potential in East Tennessee Youth.


Stephanie and Josie (Matched since 2015)

Stephanie encourages Josie to explore her interests and is helping Josie find ways to foster her creativity. Together, they’ve completed art projects, attended plays, and browsed bookstores. Josie’s grades are consistently improving at school and she’s even
participating in extracurricular activities. Stephanie promotes a sense of self-worth in Josie and reminds Josie of the bright future ahead. – Renee, BBBS-ETN Staff

“Stephanie inspires Josie to be the best person she can be. She gives Josie much-needed confidence—she listens to her and
provides a consistent source of advice.” – Krissy, Josie’s mom


Brent Crabtree (Matched with Deontae since 2014)

Brent has made a significant impact on Deontae, serving as a great role model for him. Brent instills the value of a good friendship, communication and respect in social interactions. He encourages Deontae to plan for the future and reminds him that success starts in the classroom. Through their friendship, Deontae has learned about the importance of giving back, and he and Brent have participated in several volunteer opportunities together. – Renee, BBBS-ETN Staff

“Deontae no longer only thinks of himself first—he considers other people’s feelings and wants to go the extra mile. Thanks to Brent’s impact, Deontae now asks me how he can help the community.” – Janey, Deontae’s mom

Sabrina Childs (Matched with De’Aries since 2011)

As a former UT Tennis player, sports played an important role in Sabrina’s life. When she learned that many of our waiting Littles are boys, she applied to be a Big Sister to a male who shared her passion for sports. Sabrina and De’Aries spend time together playing and attending athletics events, discussing the importance of education, and exploring possibilities after high school. Sabrina is intentional about listening to De’Aries and is coaching him to discover and pursue his passion. – Chris, BBBS Staff

“De’Aries relishes his time with Sabrina—his Big Sister means everything to him.” -Kendra, De’Aries’ mom




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