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Big Brothers Big Sisters: History

March 29, 2001

Big Brothers Big Sisters: History



The beginnings

Big Brothers Big Sisters was started in 1904 by Ernest Coulter, a New York City court clerk. He was influenced by Judge Julius Mayer of New York City's Children's Court, where he worked. Mayer recruited influential men to mentor delinquent boys who came before him as a judge.

Dismayed by the misery of thousands of children who came through the court, Coulter spoke to a group of civic and business leaders, asking them to act as Big Brothers to troubled boys so they could feel like someone cared about them.

Every man in the room agreed to help, forming the first group of Big Brothers.

The next year, Catholic Big Sisters, the first known Big Sisters program in the country, was formed in New York.

- Source: Web site for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, www.bbbsa.org

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