We are accountable for each child in our program achieving:

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

Our Programs Start Something

Here’s the proof.  National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. Not only did this study, deemed foundational to the mentoring field, provide the evidence to support our mentoring model, but it also heightened the demand for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  Learn more about mentoring a child in your community.
Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the area’s leading provider of evidence-based mentoring, our agency makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 16, in the Charlottesville and Albemarle communities.

Our vision: All children achieve success in life.

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

Annual Big Appreciation
Big Sister of the Year
Ashley Hefner

Ashley and her Little Sister, Nevaeh, have been matched for 4 years. Her steadfast dedication to her Little has been unwavering through academic struggles and personal obstacles. Ashley has never questioned the difference she is making in her Little's life. Nevaeh is 14 years old now, and at a critical point in her young adult life where the presence of a mentor is so crucial. Ashley has remained her friend first and foremost. Nevaeh says of Ashley, "You have given me space to grow when I needed it and you were there when I needed you. Thank you for being a positive person to help me through issues." 

Big Brother of the Year
Michael Weiner

Michael has been matched with his Little Brother, Jahcear, since 2015. Living with his Grandmother, Jahcear started out incredibly soft-spoken and needed a male role model in his life. Jahcear's Grandmother said, "Michael has a great, positive impact on him. Jahcear has learned to walk away from bullies." Jahcear added, "Michael is special because he takes me places I have not been to, and I have learned to set up a tent and go camping, hiking and throw a ball. If I never had a Big, I would never have any fun. I really appreciate Michael for all that he does for me."