Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center is the Charleston-area affiliate of the nationally acclaimed Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program. We match hundreds of children from single-parent families to caring adult role models every year. Volunteers spend an average of nine hours each month with their Little Brother or Sister. The program also welcomes couples or groups wishing to volunteer. Together, these matches share quality recreational time, and many form life-long friendships.
A study released by Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) National Headquarters found that adults mentored as children are more likely than peers with similar backgrounds but who were not involved in the program to have a four-year college degree, household incomes of $75,000 or greater and strong relationships with their spouses, children and friends.
Every day Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center works to bring the magic of positive adult role models into the lives of children. It’s a proven program that has helped over 8,000 area children since the program’s inception in 1976.
In our community-based program, Bigs and Littles plan community outings together based on mutual interests. They get together after work and school, on the weekends–at times that fit into everyone’s schedule!
In our school-based program, Bigs spend one hour a week with a child at a local school playing games, reading books, shooting some hoops on the playground, or participating in some other activity that the Big and the Little enjoy. It’s all about taking the time out to have fun with a child during the day!
For more information on the program and how you can donate or become involved as a volunteer, visit becomeabig.org or contact Program Director Christina Hoffecker at 843-266-5232 or choffecker[at]cydc.org.