History

Empowering children to actualize their maximum potential for over 50 years.

In the late 1960s, a professional women’s organization called the Zonta Club of Providence saw the need for a youth mentoring program with the mission of providing positive role models for girls in the community. Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz, first female Dean of Students at Rhode Island College and Zonta Club member, spearheaded the effort to create an organization that would fulfill that need. In 1966 the Big Sister Association of Rhode Island was created with an all-volunteer staff.

Since then the organization has grown, partnering with numerous community groups and businesses to achieve its mission of bettering the lives of boys and girls throughout the state. For over 50 years Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island has been pairing children with adult mentors, creating lasting friendships, and empowering each child to actualize their maximum potential.

As we enter the next decade we will continue to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.