By Anthony Smith, Sirote & Permutt attorney and Big Brothers Big Sisters board of directors
For children who face adversity in life from an early age, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program offers a helping hand from a caring individual – a one-on-one relationship with an impact that can last a lifetime.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is “to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.”
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision is that all children achieve success in life.
I am proud to have served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham Board of Directors since 2006, and on the Young Advisory Board prior to that. The Big Brothers Big Sisters is not just an organization where I volunteer – it’s been an enrichment to my life as well.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program makes a real difference in the lives of children. In fact, national research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
- more confident in their schoolwork performance
- able to get along better with their families
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school.
The impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham is undeniable. In fact, the Birmingham Business Alliance named them Nonprofit of the Year in 2011.
I urge you to donate time or funds to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham. Together, we can all make a difference in the lives of Birmingham’s children. Learn more at bbbsbhm.org.
Sirote Supports, a Sirote & Permutt initiative, provides support to programs that strengthen the community and positively impact the areas of health, education and the arts. To learn more about Sirote & Permutt, please visit us at www.sirote.com.