About Us

Incorporated in 1977, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and shine. Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. BBBSLI makes meaningful, professionally supported matches between adult volunteers (‘Bigs’) and children (‘Littles’). 


BBBSLI believes every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, both as individuals and citizens – that by doing so, they will not only do well, they will also do great things.


We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn be changing the course of a community’s future. That it will lead to a reduction in poverty and unemployment, to safer schools and neighborhoods, or to a renewed optimism for growth. That it will even lead to change on a broader, more far-reaching scale. We believe that opening a child’s eyes to what is – opens their mind to what could be.


For over 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island has been making a positive difference in the lives of our region’s youth by developing and implementing a wide range of mentoring programs.

OUR MISSION: to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that
change their lives for the better, forever.


That all children achieve success in life!

Did You Know?

20% of all current matches have been together
5 or more years!


Annually, BBBSLI Bigs share over
25,000 hours with their Littles!


We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:

– Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
– Avoidance of risky behaviors
– Educational success

Unique to BBBSLI, we provide a system of ongoing evaluation and support which is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that “Littles” will perform better in school, avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and peers.

We match children between the ages of 7 and 16. Our volunteers are ages 18 and over.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island is a private, non-sectarian, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Big Brothers Big Sisters International operates in 12 countries. Headquartered in Tampa, FL, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States.


There are many ways to get involved. Let’s all help Long Island’s youth to see that impossible doesn’t exist!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island