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 at-risk youth 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 families.

Community-match volunteers (our Bigs) spend one-on-one time with their Littles each month — typically six to eight hours a month. Currently, there are dozens of children throughout northwest Illinois waiting to experience the magic that occurs when paired with a Big.

In-School Mentoring Program: A BBBS program that matches an adult volunteer (mentor) with a child (mentee), ages 5-12, in a school environment. Getting started is easy — just call us at 815-599-7300 for more information.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Illinois is a program of FHN Family Counseling Center.

Material available for download by our community partners

> Download our brochure

> Download a Start Something flyer

> Download copy for your church's bulletin or newsletter about BBBS

> 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