Changing perspectives. Changing lives...

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps young people who face serious adversity – those who have little opportunity to develop positive and supportive relationships with adults. Many who are hungry for friendship, guidance and acceptance.

We facilitate meaningful, monitored mentoring matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children living with disadvantage (Littles), ages 7 through 17. 

By positively changing the course of a young person's life, Big Brothers Big Sisters know we can build resilience and a sense of self-worth that helps them to stay at school, improve their relationships with families and their community which in turn can lead to long-term community benefits like an increase in school retention; school and community safety; and greater employment opportunities.

By connecting a disadvantaged child to a positive role model we can break the cycle of disadvantage.

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A misdiagnosed mental illness made life very difficult for Robyn and her children, especially her eldest child Taaryn. 

But help came for both mum and daughter from a very unexpected source, one they still credit for their survival and happiness years later.

Here, they tell their incredible story:

Alarming news has been released today revealing that a quarter of all Australian students fail to complete Year 12 or a vocational learning equivalent, with disadvantaged students far more likely to drop out of school early.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is committed to connecting vulnerable children with mentors, no matter where they are in Australia. This is the inspiration behind OurSpace, a brand new online e-mentoring program that helps to connect children (Littles) with volunteer mentors (Bigs) regardless of where they might live.

Watch the great story on Saxon and Greg as featured on Chanel 10's The Project - one of the hundreds of one on one long term mentoring matches supported by BBBS across Asutralia 


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