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Big Sister Association Of Greater Boston
Last updated on April 27, 2015


The Big Sister Association of Greater Boston helps girls realize their full potential by providing them with positive mentoring relationships with women.

Since 1951, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston has been helping girls reach their full potential through positive mentoring relationships with women. Big Sister is the largest mentoring organization in Greater Boston exclusively serving girls, covering 69 cities, towns and communities. We could not serve the girls that we do without the dedication of our staff, Board of Directors and the thousands of volunteer mentors who give time and friendship to their Little Sisters.

The Big Sister Association was founded in 1951 by three Cambridge residents: The Reverend Harold Taylor, Assistant Rector at Christ Church in Cambridge; Edith Taylor, a Cambridge police officer; and Frances Marley, an administrative assistant and legal consultant for the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Believing that girls in their community could benefit from the guidance and support of an older female friend, they created a one-to-one mentoring program where girls (Little Sisters) were individually matched with caring and committed volunteers (Big Sisters).

In 1952, this program was incorporated as The Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. In our first year, we matched six girls – now, Big Sister serves more than 2,600 girls annually.

A recent study conducted by the national research group Public/Private Ventures confirmed that Big Sister's mentoring program makes a positive impact on the life of a child. The study shows that children who met regularly with their Bigs for one year were less likely to skip school, start using illegal drugs or start drinking than their peers. They are also more trusting of, and less likely to lie to, their parents/guardians. There are currently more than 200 girls waiting for a Big Sister; the need for volunteers - particularly women of color - is great.

Contact person: Louise Dinsmore, Director, Community Outreach, (phone), (email)

Office fax number: (617) 236-8075

 161 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
This location is handicap accessible
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 The Boston office is located at 161 Mass. Ave., 2nd Floor. By Public Transportation: The closest MBTA stop is Hynes Convention Center/ICA/Auditorium on the Green Line and the Mass Ave. stop on the Orange Line. By Car: If you. . . (more)
  Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: Hynes Convention Center (Green Line),
  Walk distance (in minutes): 5 Minutes
  Nearest Bus Stop: Boylston St. & Massachusetts Ave, 5 Minutes minute walk

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Last updated on April 27, 2015

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