Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region has been bringing life-changing friendships to children in the Coulee Region since 1969. BBBS7 started as a program that was run by La Crosse County until the early 1990s. In 1994, BBBS became an independent agency, BBBS of the Coulee Region, and in 1999, a satellite office was opened in Winona. On January 1st, 2009, BBBS of the Coulee Region officially changed it’s name to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region to better reflect the many communities we serve. Today we serve over one hundred children each year in both Wisconsin and Minnesota!
Our Mission: To create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and the promise of youth.
Our Vision: For all youth to achieve their full potential.
Accountability: by partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are accountable for each:
- Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
- Avoidance of risky behaviors
- Educational success
Outcomes: National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
- more confident
- more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol
- do better in school
- get along better with their family and friends
- feel better about themselves