19 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies cover
90 counties throughout the State of Illinois.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to help children reach their potential through one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision is successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all.

Accountability: by partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:

  • Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships

  • Avoidance of risky behaviors

  • Educational success


Mentoring is a Cost Effective Prevention and Intervention Strategy

In Illinois it costs about $85,000 annually to house one youth in a juvenile detention center vs. approximately $1,200 a year to fund a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring relationship.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentoring services to help youth who face adversity beat the odds with the support of volunteers and donors. Professional staffers carefully match children with volunteer mentors in long-term one-to-one mentoring relationships.

In addition, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides ongoing professional support to volunteers, children, and parents/caregivers throughout the life of the match.

POSITIVE, MEASURABLE & COST-EFFECTIVE outcomes in education, and youth development.

Calling all former Bigs, Littles, friends & family!

Our Programs Start Something

Here's the proof. National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:

  • more confident in their schoolwork performance

  • able to get along better with their families

  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs

  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol

  • 52% less likely to skip school.

Big Brothers
Big Sisters served 7,500+ children
in Illinois by matching them with a caring volunteer in 2013.


Hampton Inn & Suites Bloomington-Normal Named
"Hotel of Choice" by Big Brothers Big Sisters Illinois State Association

Members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Illinois State Association executive committee with Hampton Inn & Suites manager (& 'Big Brother') Richard Raube.

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For information, contact:
Jeanne Stahlheber, President
Illinois State Association
Phone: (217) 428-4240

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