Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Illinois


Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), founded in 1904, is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States. Research and anecdotal evidence show specifically that BBBS one-to-one mentoring helps children dealing with adversity overcome the many challenges they face. Little Brothers and Sisters are less likely to begin using illegal drugs, consume alcohol, skip school and classes or engage in acts of violence. They have greater self-esteem, confidence in their schoolwork performance and are able to get along better with their friends and family.

Community-Based Mentoring allows volunteers and youth 6-8 hours a month of individualized time and attention outside of school, in the community. During their time together, they can explore new interests and test behaviors that expand the Little's experience base beyond his or her family and neighborhood.

Site-Based Mentoring provides individualized time and attention on a consistent basis at the child's school. Volunteers and mentees meet regularly, one-to-one, during the school year for one hour a week.

We currently have many children waiting for a volunteer. Every person has 168 hours in a week. It only takes one of those hours to make a difference in the life of one of those children.

Getting started is easy—call us at 815-599-7300 for more information, or complete the downloadable/printable volunteer application and return it to us in one of the following ways:

  • Hand deliver or mail to Big Brothers Big Sisters at the FHN Family Counseling Center at 421 W. Exchange Street
  • Send it by fax to 815-599-7397
  • Scan and email it to
  • Inner office mail if FHN employee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Illinois is a program of FHN Family Counseling Center and is funded in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the United Way of Northwest Illinois.

Material available for download by our community partners

> Download our brochure

> Download a Start Something flyer

> Download the volunteer application

> Download .mp4 version of the video below

Cost: Free
Referral Needed? No
Contact: FHN Family Counseling Center
Phone Number: 815-599-7300