History

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

In the late 1960’s 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 member of Zonta Club 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 mentors, creating lasting friendships and empowering each child to actualize their maximum potential.

As we move forward we will continue to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.