Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit (BBBSMD) was formed in 1974 with the merger of five local Big Brother Big Sister organizations from throughout metro Detroit, with a focus on Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. We are the largest one-to-one evidence-based mentoring organization in Southeast Michigan serving nearly 1,000 youth annually with site- and community-based mentoring programs. All of our programming is rooted in evidence-based practices, further differentiating BBBSMD from other mentoring programs. Our mentoring model is certified by multiple federal government departments as an “Effective” evidence-based model in realizing positive outcomes for youth.
The Results Are In . . .
We are excited to share that BBBS placed 8th overall in the 2018 Quicken Loans Community Challenge! Competing against 50 charities BBBS successfully raised over $16,000. To learn more about our impact click below.
Become A BIG For A DAY!
Join BBBS new Community Partner Cumulus Consulting, LLC by becoming a "BIG For a Day!" This week Littles enjoyed exclusive access to the Cumulus Garage at the M1 Concourse. Littles experienced an unforgettable day surrounded by Corvettes, Ferraris, Aston Martin and many more luxury vehicles.
The Great Big Auction Breaks Records
On June 22nd, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit hosted its 2nd annual Great BIG Auction at the MotorCity Casino Sound Board Theater. Shattering last year’s record, nearly 300 people attended the new-style charity event that was hosted by Fox 2 News’ Maurielle Lue, Detroit News Columnist Chuck “Style Guru” Bennett and chaired by Rick Hampson, president of Citizens Bank of Michigan.
The Great Big Auction- “A Night in Paradise” featured a chance to bid on once-in- a-lifetime, experiential live auction packages created by the Class of 2018 Great Big Auction Warriors. This year’s Warrior class included:
Event Chairman: Rick Hampson- Citizens Bank
Host & Warrior: Chuck Bennett- Detroit News Columnist
Hostess: Maurielle Lue- Fox 2 Detroit News
Angye Ennis- Ennis Entertainment Media
Armond Rashad Harris- Jabs Gym
Chris Pence- CR6 Business Solutions
Chef Bobby (Robert) Nahra- Fox 2 Detroit
Dewey Steffen- Great Lakes Wealth
Garyn O. Davis- GM Financial
Grace Keros- American Coney Island
Jeannine Gant- BBBSMD
Laith Hanna- Motor City Petroleum
Ngum Suh- NLS Consultants
Rob Sims- OBDIOS Group LLC, Former Detroit Lions Player Comedianne "COCO" pictured above.
Surprise Warrior- HOUR Media
William “Bill” Avery- UBS
Meet Mercedes and Kellie!
It's been two years since I've moved from Los Angeles to Detroit and I have finally found some extra time that I wanted to set aside and give back to the community of Detroit. When thinking of ways to do this I was thinking about how I could use my skills and what I've learned to better something or someone.
Continue reading about Mercedes and Kellie's journey, click the button below.
Match of the Week:
A Personal Letter From AAA Employee Big- Michele
I’d like to start off by thanking AAA and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit for giving me the opportunity to be a mentor. It has truly been an eye opening experience and I am grateful to be part of such an incredible program.
I thought a lot about what I was going to say today because there are so many reasons to love the career buddies program and so much I have learned from my experience as a mentor, but I decided since we have such a short amount of time it would be best to talk about how the program has impacted me personally.
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National Mentoring Match of the Month
The picture of our featured National Mentoring Month Match Little, Damya teaching her Big, Trudi arts & crafts is priceless! Trudi has been a Big in the Comcast Beyond School Walls work site mentoring program since 2010.
Her previous Little graduated from elementary school last year and Trudi was eager to participate again with a new Little in the 2017-2018 school year! Trudi admires children's energy and her new Little, Damya, has a lot of it!
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit's mission is to provide children facing adversity with safe, strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
VISION & BELIEF
Our vision is to see all children succeed in life. And, we believe that mentoring provides a pathway to hope.
No one can underestimate the “power of one,” the effect which one person can have on the life of another. Did you know that Big Brothers Big Sisters improves the odds of children succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and getting along better with their family and peers? That’s right! Adults who participated in our program as children report that having a Big Brother or Big Sister played an key role in who they are today by positively influencing their self confidence, providing stability, changing their perspective on life and pushing them to higher goals.
There are few other major communities as reliant upon the next generation as metro Detroit. As our community slowly rebuilds, it will be today’s youth that will be charged with completing the recovery and making our area vibrant again. They can’t do that if they are locked behind bars, addicted to drugs, unemployed and/or academic under-achievers. BBBSMD mentoring is proven to guide youth away from these outcomes by providing youth with strongly-supported, positive influences in their young lives. Did you know? The Justice Policy Institute approximated (2014) an average cost to incarcerate a juvenile in the U.S. in a detention facility to be $407.58 per DAY. The average cost to sustain one BBBSMD youth/mentor match is $465 per YEAR.
Give Detroit Challenge 2017
3rd Place Winner!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit our proud announce that we have placed 3rd in the 2017 Give Detroit Challenge crowdfunding competition, receiving a $4,000 award. Because of our awesome supporters BBBSMD raised $23,390. Thank you for your contributions and continuous support. To read more click here.