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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan



About Us

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan has been providing mentoring services to at-risk youth for over 50 years, with a program that originated in the Emmet County area in 1960, and has provided professionally supported mentoring relationships to over 2,500 children. Our 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''.

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  • Kids with a mentor are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs.
  • Kids with a mentor are 27% less like to begin using alcohol.
  • Kids with a mentor are 52% less likely to skip school.
  • Kids with a mentor show improved academic skills.
  • Kids with a mentor have higher self-esteem.


Big Sister Sue and Little Sister Summer enjoying an ice cream treat!
Patrickryan and his Big Brother Emerson checking out the playground.
Big Sister Fawna and Little Sister Clowie making paper mache creations.
Little Brother Bucky beating his Big Brother Mike in a game of chess!

Rep/Contact Info

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Cecilia Chesney
Executive Director
  • Phone: (231) 946-2447 x218
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Krista Goldman
Director of Mentoring
  • Phone: (231) 946-2447
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Kris Hoxie
Development Coordinator
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Christie Ward-Strahan
Mentoring Specialist
  • Phone: (231) 313-7323