Big Brothers Big Sisters will be the 2019 Moth Ball® by CityScope® beneficiary. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a long history of supporting Chattanooga’s women. In 1961, the Chattanooga Business Women’s Club founded Big Sisters Chattanooga –one of only three formed at that time to “give girls help and guidance.” From the same offices that the staff work in today, Ms. Mildred Montague of Chattanooga grew the organization into Big Sisters International. In 1977, Big Sisters International merged with Big Brothers of America to form today’s current organization. Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga creates one-to-one mentoring relationships between volunteer adult mentors and kids who want to realize their full potential, who in most cases (86%), live in households led by a single woman. Among those households, 55% of the children are young girls. The impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters on these households is impressive. Last year 64% of the children mentored showed improved grades. 84% maintained or showed improvement in their attitudes towards high risk behaviors and 84% experienced a positive change in their parental relationships. The mentoring relationships created by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga clear the path to a child’s biggest possible future, placing girls (and boys) on a path to personal growth and development and to social and economic stability.
“We’re not saving any kids, we’re defending the potential that already exists within them,” –Whitney, Big Sister