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.

Supporter Spotlight: Aaron Hark
Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am the Co-Owner of Maxient, a software company that serves more than 900 colleges and universities, primarily in the United States but our business is growing around the world. Our staff work in locations across the United States, but we’re headquartered here in Charlottesville. I’ve lived in Charlottesville since 2005.
How long have you been part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge’s Board of Directors?

This is my third year on the Board. My friend Anna Scholl first introduced me to the organization a couple years prior with an invitation to the Start Something Breakfast. That worked – it started my interest!
Since joining the board, what is one thing of which you are most proud?

I’m proud of how committed the collective membership of the Board and the entirety of the staff are to helping the agency fulfill its mission. We are all in, and for the right reasons, and that’s a really cool thing of which to be a part.

What do you hope to see accomplished under your tenure?

I committed to raising the overall awareness of our agency in the community. BBBS has been doing excellent, important work for several years, but largely under the radar. For many in Charlottesville, I don’t believe we’re a “top-of-mind” agency or they confuse what we do with others. I’d like to change that.
Why should others support Big Brothers Big Sisters?

One-to-one mentoring relationships have the potential to completely change the trajectory of a young person’s life for the better. If you set aside the emotional and personal aspect of it and look purely at the dollars, we are an incredibly efficient operator. We help to foster those relationships and continue that impact year to year at a very low per-match cost. Supporting BBBS is an investment in the community and in our future that pays dividends immediately.

Jersey Mike's Partnership
We are so appreciative of the Charlottesville Jersey Mike's staff and their partnership with us in March. They raised over 12 thousand dollars over the course of the month, including their Day of Caring on March 28th when 100% of their proceeds were donated to our agency. Thanks to all who visited Jersey Mike's and supported our effort to help develop long-term mentoring relationships for those that need us the most!

Annual Big Appreciation
On April 10th we hosted our annual Big Appreciation event in honor of our amazing Bigs. The evening included the recognition of several graduating UVA Bigs, as well as the announcement of the agency's Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year, honored for their dedication to their Littles and support of our agency. BIG thanks to  The Commonwealth Reserve The Local , and  Chandler's Bakery  for helping to make this event possible.

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."