Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has existed for more than a century. With branches found across the country, as well as internationally, the organization has enabled many children to acquire a new “Big” person in their lives and new ways of looking at life from these volunteer-mentors.
Ernest Coulter, a New York City court clerk, is credited as the founder. At the turn of the 20th century, he recognized that a growing number of youths were succumbing to juvenile delinquency. He also realized that many of these youngsters lacked good role models in their lives, and he sought to connect them with adults who could act as positive influences. In 1904, Coulter developed the Big Brothers program. Around the same time, Ladies of Charity, which became Catholic Big Sisters of New York, began offering similar services for young girls. In less than a decade, Big Brothers developed a presence in 26 cities, and Big Sisters quickly followed. However, Big Brothers and Big Sisters did not unite until 1977.
About the Author:
Terrell Herring, the President of Commercial Operations with Mission Pharmacal Company in San Antonio, began volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in 1993. Since then, Herring has served as a board member with his local board. He was honored for service recognition in 2008.