It All Started with a Court Clerk Who Cared
For more than a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing kids’ lives by giving them a champion to draw out and defend their potential. In Miami, we were established 60 years ago. Here is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ history at a glance:
Ernest Coulter, court clerk, assists in organizing the first New York Children’s Court: Ladies of Charity, later Catholic Big Sisters of New York, to help girls who come before the New York Children’s Court.
Businessman Irvin F. Westheimer wants to support a young boy in Cincinnati, OH; seeds are planted for the start of Big Brothers in Cincinnati.
Ernest Coulter founds the organized Big Brothers movement by obtaining 39 volunteers, who each agree to champion one boy.
Ernest Coulter embarks on nationwide lecture tour on behalf of Big Brothers; planning begins for a national Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization.
The first national conference of Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations is held in Grand Rapids, MI.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami is incorporated.
Big Brothers Association is chartered by Congress.
Big Sisters program begins in Miami.
Big Sisters International is incorporated.
Big Brothers of Miami and Big Sisters of Miami merge to create Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami celebrates serving 12,600 youth since incorporation.
Group Mentoring Program for children on the wait list begins in Miami.
Public/Private Ventures Study on Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based Mentoring shows measurable, positive results on youth who have a Big Brother or Sister, seminal research in the field of youth mentoring.
School-based mentoring at two Miami-Dade County Public Schools begins in Miami.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami celebrates serving 28,200 youth since incorporation.
Big Brothers Big Sisters International is founded.
School to Work workplace mentoring program begins in Miami.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America recognizes BBBS Miami as having the Board of the Year.
The Five Millers Family Foundation Continuing Education Scholarship Program launched in Miami.
Public/Private Ventures conducts a study on Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring program, reinforcing the value of strong, long-lasting relationships and leading to program enhancements.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami celebrates serving 42,500 youth since incorporation.
The BIG Foundation launched.
Bigs in Blue launches, matching youth and law enforcement professionals in Miami.
In January, Big Brothers Big Sisters releases first-ever, nationwide Youth Outcomes Survey (YOS) Report, which reflects the collective progress and success in three outcome areas known to significantly change the lives of children for the better, forever – educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, and socio-emotional competency.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami is named the #1 BBBS agency in Florida and a top 20 BBBS agency nationwide.
Carnival Foundation donates $5 million for new BBBSM headquarters.
The Carnival Center for Excellence opens as the new BBBSM headquarters in Miami.
BBBSM receives the National Program Quality Award for the fourth year.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami celebrates 60 years of helping 65,000+ Littles in Miami Dade County.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami rebrands with a new look and a new message to empower, ignite, and defend the potential of youth in Miami.