Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh
Established in 1965, Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh (BBBSPGH) is the region’s premier evidenced-based youth mentoring agency. The organization’s target population includes children ages 6-18 from single parent families, low-income households and underperforming schools. In many cases, these children have incarcerated parents, encounter bullying in school and face other challenges. Adult volunteers (“Bigs”) are matched with children (“Littles”) and programming develops strong one-to-one relationships, making a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young children.
Dan started volunteering with BBBSPGH 34 years ago when he was a college student, and the experience opened his eyes when he realized that not everyone had money, privilege and family encouragement to pursue their dreams. Dan’s mentorship of his Little, James, showed him that he could make a positive impact on someone’s life as James transformed from a shy and lonely child into a young man determined to build a better future for himself. Beyond his life-long relationship with James, Dan has served in a variety of leadership positions with the organization. He has been a voice of growth and change on the board, which has resulted in new mentoring programs that now serve 25% of all new matches. Dan proudly shares his passion for mentoring with his children, two of whom also volunteer as mentors with BBBSPGH.