BBBS began in 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement. (Read more about the history of BBBS.) In Fargo-Moorhead, the organization traces its roots back to 1966, and we have been a program of The Village Family Service Center since 1973. School-based mentoring was added in 1998.
Big Brothers Big Sisters' evidence-based mentoring programs are designed to create positive, measurable outcomes for youth, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships.
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Village Family Service Center is not changing, because the need in our community is more urgent than ever. New brand positioning allows Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Village Family Service Center to grow and evolve in order to meet the need in Fargo-Moorhead by recruiting more volunteers and creating more one-to-one mentoring relationships.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has always seen incredible potential in every child. Everyone in our community, from parents and guardians to prospective volunteers to donors and supporters, can help defend the potential inherent in our country's youth and help them achieve their biggest possible future.