Founded locally in 1964, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBSKC) has served more than 20,000 at-risk youth in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Serving over 1,700 youth in Kansas City each year, BBBSKC provides children facing adversity in one-to-one life-changing friendships with adult mentors. BBBSKC matches school-aged youth (Littles) from one-parent or other non-traditional homes, with caring, adult volunteers (Bigs).
BBBSKC believes that youth who have a positive adult influence in his or her life are better able to reach their full potential. BBBSKC offers at-risk children a long-term developmental relationship with a caring adult. Bigs serve as friends, mentors and role models, helping youth gain greater self-confidence and leadership skills. This model has been proven effective in changing the self-image of the child and therefore his or her behavior.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission: To create and support life-changing friendships for children
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision: To create positive change within our community through the power of one-to-one mentoring.
CLICKC efforts to support BBBSKC thus far have included participating in Summer Bowl for Kids’ Sake in 2015 & 2016 as well as providing a 2015 Kansas City’s Most Wanted Honoree to participate in the annual Most Wanted Auction.
These collective efforts have raised nearly $10,000 for BBBSKC in the last 2 years. While CLICKC generally does not act as a fundraising arm for other non-profits, we have a special and on-going relationship with BBBSKC in that their Director of Special Events, Erica Ostroski, is a CLICKC board member and active volunteer.