Big Brothers Big Sisters of America: Impacting the lives of children for more than 110 years
It all started in 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement.
At around the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were befriending girls who had come through the New York Children’s Court. That group would later become Catholic Big Sisters.
Both groups continued to work independently until 1977, when Big Brothers Association and Big Sisters International joined forces and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
For more than a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has remained true to their founders’ vision of bringing caring role models into the lives of children. Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters operates in all 50 states and in 12 countries around the world.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County: Making a positive difference in our community since 1995
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County was launched in 1995 after the concept was originally developed a number of years earlier by Mike Morgus, a manager at local steel manufacturer AK Steel. Morgus contacted the United Way of Butler County with his idea and they encouraged him to partner with a local agency that would be a suitable partner to establish such a program. The Butler County Family YMCA was seen as the ideal partner because of its facilities and established focus on youth.
With the help and guidance of an all volunteer Advisory Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County has been a successful program of the Butler County Family YMCA for more than twenty years now, operating out of both its Butler city location at 339 Washington Street, and the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA on Route 19 in Cranberry Township. Throughout that time it has been recognized as a fully accredited affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Since its launch, the program has matched nearly 500 children and youths with caring adult mentors in staff supervised Big / Little matches.