JBBBS seeks to support and empower individuals and families to engage, to participate actively in the life of their communities, to live inspired and to inspire others. Through a holistic approach to supporting clients and families, we provide mentorship to children, teens and adults as well as financial support, holiday programming and referrals to other social service agencies. For this reason, we actively engage and serve children and adults across religion, race, gender, sexual identity and orientation, and ability.
JBBBS is proud to be recognized as a 2020 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) Gold Standard Award Winner. The Gold Standard Award recognizes agencies that have increased their revenue and grown the number of mentors (‘Bigs’) and youth (‘Littles’) who are matched through the program, year over year. Despite the challenges of the past year, including the pandemic, social unrest, and economic uncertainty, JBBBS was one of two of the 236 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies to receive this honor.
"[JBBBS] reminds us that while this time may seem isolating and strange, that people who care are out there."
-Parent of Little
MOST RECENT MEASURABLE OUTCOMES
"My participation in the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters LGBTQ+ program is all about helping queer kids. I was thrilled to learn that JBBBS was developing an LGBTQ-specific program to connect LGBTQ+ Littles and Bigs. I think about how different it could have been if I had a Big who was LGBTQ+ when I was an adolescent trying to understand my gender identity and sexual orientation… There are plenty of ways to help kids, but there is nothing more rewarding than a one-to-one relationship.”
Kelvin, a Big in our LGBTQ+ Program
JBBBS is in The Boston Globe! Read about how our work is thriving despite the pandemic.
Friend 2 Friend aims to reduce social isolation for adults with disabilities
“Each MAGIC gathering was a celebration of friendship, whether on a harbor cruise, having a community Passover Seder or at the theater. There is something incredibly special about a self-selecting community of people who are there to be friends.”
-Friend 2 Friend Volunteer
M.A.G.I.C. (Monthly Activity Group In the Community) Program events in 2021