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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County

Who We Are

Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one to one relationships that changes their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.

What We Do

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint has been serving Genesee County youth for over 70 years. Locally, the Big Brother concept developed in the 1930s through the efforts of Frank Manley, well-known as the originator of the concept of Community Education. The Big Sisters program was inititated in 1955 through the collaborative effort of Frank Manley, William Minardo and Allen Mathrne. The first Big Sisters training group was comprised of fourteen Industrial Business Girls members. In 1985,  both programs were merged into one organization led by Gary Haggart, the first executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint.

The agency partnered with the Urban League in 1994 to establish the 100 Men 100 Boys group mentoring program in efforts to address the challenge to find male role models. In 2004, a Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program (AMACHI) was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. In 2010, the agency purchased the Agency Information Management (AIM) database. The Office of Juvenile Justice provided pass-through funding from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) to provide services to high risk youth. The agency continues service to youthful offenders through its Youth Workforce Opportunity Iniatiative, pass-through funding from BBBSA provided by the Department of Labor, adding a workforce development component along with six other program components. Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrated its 70th Anniversary in 2014.