Big Brothers Big Sisters

Together, the future looks big.

Potential lives within every kid. Yet, more than 8.5 million kids are still in need of someone who will stand in their corner. So, we've sharpened our focus. Reimagined how we do things. Modernized how we look and talk. And we are creating new, exciting ways to put our Littles first like never before.

We are the new Big Brothers Big Sisters. We're here to defend every kid's potential. We're ready to build the biggest possible future. Together. And this is only just the beginning.

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New this year! Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities introduces Free Arts programs to provide youth in challenging circumstances a safe place for expression and self-discovery. With the support of caring adult volunteers and partner sites, we work alongside youth while engaging in art projects. Providing these safe, supportive and consistent experiences enables participants to build trusting and positive relationships that have life-changing impact.

Through these new Free Arts programs Big Brothers Big Sisters will engage more than 1,000 additional underserved youth with the unique combination of mentoring and the arts. We will elevate the importance of creativity to drive learning. And we will expand arts programming to neighborhoods that would not otherwise have access!

Free Arts Programs

Weekly Mentorship

This program brings caring adult mentors and creative arts to youth who have  experienced poverty, homelessness, abuse and mental illness. Through artistic expression and the support of mentors youth can unlock their creativity, providing an hour of respite each week from their daily experiences. Learn more

CREATE Workshop

This program offering is available at transitional partner sites where youth are not permanently enrolled or housed. Youth work side-by-side with Free Arts mentors to explore a specific style or theme in art on a semi-regular basis, without the every week commitment that is required for Weekly Mentorship. This allows individuals or groups more flexibility while also providing an opportunity to engage with their community. Learn more

Free Arts Days

These arts events occur at Big Brothers Big Sisters and our partner agencies throughout the year. Corporate or group sponsors bring in a team of volunteers and each is paired one on one with a child as art buddies. Youth and their art buddies spend the day creating art together, sharing lunch and participating in a fun interactive arts activity. Learn more

Free Arts FAQ

Q: Does this mean BBBS’ purpose is changing?
A: No. BBBS’ purpose will remain the same. BBBS is committed to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported relationships that change their lives for the better.

Q: Does this mean Free Arts purpose, programs or partners are changing?
A: No. Free Arts’ purpose, programs and partners will remain the same. BBBS is committed to serving youth in challenging circumstances to support their artistic and personal development through Free Arts programming.

Q: Does this mean BBBS is no longer offering BBBS one-to-one mentoring?
A: We are deeply committed to the one-to-one mentoring relationships we have been creating and supporting for nearly 100 years in our community.

Q: Will my role as a BBBS Big change with these new Free Arts programs additions?
A: No. Your role as a Big will not change, but you will have the opportunity to attend Free Arts Days with your Little as often as you like!

Q: As a Big, is it possible to volunteer as a Free Arts mentor as well?
A: Yes. If you are a current Big, or are waiting to be matched, please reach out to us to find out more about how you can also volunteer with our Free Arts programming. If you are in a brand-new match, we may ask you to wait a few months and get used to your new mentee and build that relationship before also volunteering with Free Arts, but we’re happy to speak about that with you further.

Q: Will my role as a Free Arts volunteer change?
A: No. You’ll still have the chance to volunteer at our partner sites and work with youth while supporting their artistic development and exploration.

Q: As a Free Arts volunteer, is it possible to become a Big as well?
A: Yes, absolutely! Please speak with a staff member to learn more about the process to become a Big.

Q: As a Free Arts donor, may I designate that my contributions be utilized only for Free Arts programming?
A: Yes. As a donor, you have the right to say how you would like your money to be spent and we will honor that. While a general gift is the most beneficial to the organization as it allows us to be flexible to the needs of our youth, you can also designate your gift at the time you make it. Please just make your intention clear at the time of donation. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact Andrea Nordick-Stone, Director of Development, at anordick@bigstwincities.org or 651-789-2492.

Q: As a BBBS donor, may I designate that my contributions be utilized only for BBBS programming?
A: Yes. As a donor, you have the right to say how you would like your money to be spent and we will honor that. While a general gift is the most beneficial to the organization as it allows us to be flexible to the needs of our youth, you can also designate your gift at the time you make it. Please just make your intention clear at the time of donation. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact Andrea Nordick-Stone, Director of Development, at anordick@bigstwincities.org or 651-789-2492.

Q: As a Free Arts programming partner, who will I be working with at BBBS?
A: The same Free Arts programming team is in place at BBBS. Contact Chelsea Unold, Free Arts Program Manager.

Thanks to our Free Arts Partners!