Big Brothers Big Sisters (Melbourne , )


  • Name:Mrs. Amanda Smith
  • Title:General Manager Business Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Address:Suite 6 Level 2
    1 Spring St
    Melbourne 3004

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:03 96398875

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  • Mission:
  • BBBS is committed to helping change the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young people across Australia. By connecting young people with positive adult role models, we are breaking cycles of disadvantage and creating a ripple effect that can be seen across the community. It’s in this environment of fun and mutual trust that we’re able to build a new world of opportunity.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs should not be viewed through the lens of one adult helping one child. Studies of international mentoring programs estimate the magnifying effect of lives indirectly affected as up to 10 times — a giant ripple of positive change making its way through a community.

  • Overview:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters helps young people who face serious adversity – those who have little opportunity to develop positive and supportive relationships with adults. Many who are hungry for friendship, guidance and acceptance.

    We facilitate meaningful, monitored mentoring matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children living with disadvantage (Littles), ages 7 through 17.
    By positively changing the course of a young person's life, Big Brothers Big Sisters know we can build resilience and a sense of self-worth that helps them to stay at school, improve their relationships with families and their community which in turn can lead to long-term community benefits like an increase in school retention; school and community safety; and greater employment opportunities.
    By connecting a disadvantaged child to a positive role model we can break the cycle of disadvantage.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia has developed a multi-tiered mentoring path which delivers multiple activities and programs to provide a range of experiences through which vulnerable young people can engage with a positive role model, have fun, develop their confidence and build their sense of well-being. This pathway approach is key in empowering the young people to unlock their potential and build brighter futures.

    The Young Achievers Program referred to in this application is one of the available mentor programs young people can participate in. Others include Community Based – One to One Mentoring, BIG Futures – One to one mentoring in school, E-Mentoring (online mentoring program currently in testing phase), Go Girls and Game On (physically based mentoring activities) and mentoring activity days.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs bring about positive, long term, transformational change, one child at a time.

  • History:
  • Internationally, we are the world’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. We facilitate quality long-term, monitored mentoring matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children living with disadvantage (“Little’s”), ages 7 through 17.

    In 2014, across the globe over 290,000 children were in BBBS mentoring relationships in 14 countries, with 130,000 mentored in school.

    In Australia we have been operating for 35 years mentoring thousands of young people.

    Each time we match a child with a mentor we start something incredible – a life changing relationship built on friendship, trust, guidance and empowerment.

    Research proves our mentored children have significantly improved life-skills, which empowers them to:

    - 45% less likely to begin using drugs
    - 52% less likely to skip school and more confident in school work
    - 33% less likely to use physical violence

    This helps them to break the cycle of disadvantage they and their family experience.

    Over the last three years we are proud of the impact we have had in children lives.

    - 96% of our mentoring matches still reporting as active after 12 months; 82% over 2 years
    - 3 year average duration of a mentor relationship
    - Facilitating over 100 mentoring hours per match per year
    - 30% increase in mentoring options (diversity) nationally.
    - Development of mentoring programs to deal with issues like mental health, body image, increasing activity and employment pathways.
    - 63% growth in participation
    - 1200 children in 2016 will be supported and matched with a screened, trained and supported positive role-model.

    In 2011, The Victorian Youth Mentoring Alliance, released its benchmark standard for youth mentoring based on Big Brothers Big Sisters processes and procedures.

    By being innovative, nimble and efficient we have been able to achieve these great life-skill outcomes for children. With continued support of a partner like Arbonne, we believe we will achieve even greater outcomes for more children.

    A 2013 SROI study completed by the Boston Consulting group, found Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, one to one community mentoring program provided significant economic value creation across multiple levers. The same study reported:

    • 18:1 social return on each invested dollar - net present value basis
    • 23:1 social return on each invested dollar - net present value basis for the least economically advantaged segment

    This calculation was driven by increased lifetime earnings and a greater propensity to give back to the community (money and service)

  • Year established:1979
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:Australia
  • Australia Business #:75071682294