Description & Mission
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Pine Belt is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professional supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The role of the "BIG" (adult) is to be a friend to a "LITTLE" (child) who is struggling academically, displaying behavioral problems, experiencing family problems, seems withdrawn, or is simply a child in need of a friend. These relationships help children achieve their highest potential as they grow up to become confident, competent, caring individuals.
Education Partner Agency, Ensuring Students Stay on Track to Graduate
United Way of Southeast Mississippi funds are used to support Big Brothers Big Sisters staff in the Pinebelt region, serving Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties. Staff recruit volunteers and then prepare matches based on a series of interviews, background checks and interests. These matches are then professionally supported and held accountable by the staff member to ensure that "Bigs" and "Littles" are maintaining a healthy, productive relationship. Data collected through feedback from all participants shows an average increase in a child's feelings of connectedness, safety and their importance in society.
Big Brothers Big Sisters in the News
Chris Burkett, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi, left his home of Mississippi to pursue some big dreams. And he made it. This former NFL wide receiver shares about his time with the Bills, his return home and his current experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi.
Meet Kolbie (Little) & Caitlyn (Big)
Kolbie and Caitlyn hit it off right from the start since they have been matched since November 2019. Caitlyn is a local college professor that has gone above and beyond to creative a positive bond with her Little, Kolbie. The two love to go on adventures together and have positive, safe outings. The relationship has been such a success in Kolbie's life that her own mother has signed on to become a "Big" herself in the program to give back to the organization and the youth in her community.
COVID-19 hasn't set these two off track one bit. They maintain their communication virtually via phone calls, texting, and video chatting. Caitlyn is maintaining her commitment to Kolbie and to "defend the potential" of our community's youth.
Donations from generous neighbors like you help maintain connections between positive role models and high-risk children in Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties.
Volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for adult volunteers to commit to a child between the ages of 5 and 15 for at least one year. Bigs can make a difference in the life of a child living in Forrest, Lamar, or Perry county.