BBBS has served the Keene community since 1974 and has helped hundreds of Keene children achieve better lives through one-to-one mentoring by caring adults.
We match volunteer mentors with school-age children (ages 6-17 or age 21 for children with disabilities) in 41 communities within the Monadnock Region. By focusing on each child's strengths, our mentors help to build their "Littles" self-confidence, which improves their ability to reach their full potential as adults.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has 375 children facing adversity enrolled as Littles. Every child receives our mentoring services free of charge – Big Brothers Big Sisters depends on the financial support of the community in order to provide this free service. It costs roughly $1,000 to professionally support each mentoring relationship.
How do we make a difference for children in our community?
BBBS addresses the community problem of helping children facing adversity see a hopeful future. With a positive, adult role model:
· A child with a parent in jail can feel good about life and be successful
· A child in a poor household can see a path to education and prosperity
· A child with a disability can succeed in school
· An abused child can become hopeful
· A child involved with the court system can improve their outlook and behavior
Children matched with Bigs have shown:
· 68% improved academic performance
· 83% demonstrate higher level of self confidence
· 64% demonstrate improved relationships with their peers