Defending Potential In a Big Way

Serving our community since 1958, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami (BBBSM) is the premier nonprofit mentoring organization in South Florida. We champion hope, transformation, and social good, defending the potential of children who most need it.

The children in our program are not broken. They may have challenges, but they do not lack potential or hope. We come to their side, defending their potential and helping them go further than they ever imagined.
Marisol Garcia, BBBSM, Senior Development Officer

BBBSM develops future leaders, strengthens families, and builds community. We:

  • Match at-risk youth (Littles) with professionally supported adult mentors (Bigs)
  • Provide at our Carnival Center for Excellence tools and programs that help Littles both learn and have fun
  • Develop mentorship programs with evidence-based models known to have a lasting impact on children’s lives
  • Are considered the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Gold Standard of mentoring
  • Are recognized by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) as a proven prevention strategy

Driven to make Miami a safe haven where children can grow and thrive, we have developed a network of strategic partnerships with local businesses and community organizations. We know that together we can do big things

Will you be a defender?

Even a small gesture can transform a life.

Our Vision

All children achieve success in life.

Our Mission

Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Did you know…?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami:

  • Is one of the 30 largest Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates in the country
  • Serves more than 4,000 children and teens each year, but thousands of children more need a mentor
  • Touches more than 10,000 lives every year
  • Serves the 4th largest school district in the United States

One Community One Goal

BBBSM’s global strategy is aligned with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s One Community One Goal initiative (OCOG). OCOG’s goal is to strengthen and diversify Miami-Dade County’s economy through collaboration among a wide range of industries.

BBBSM has proved successful in serving as an educational driver and in empowering youth to reach their full potential, furthering the opportunities for young people to join the local economy as educated and goal-oriented young professionals and community-oriented citizens. BBBSM paves the way for future economic success through a continuum of Mentorship, Scholarship, Internship, and Citizenship. Through this holistic approach, BBBSM helps youth improve academic performance, develop strong interpersonal skills, and gain essential life skills to empower them to succeed.