History



Locally, our program began in 1972 and was originally called Big Brothers of Akron. In 1975 the program expanded to include women and girls and was renamed Big Brothers and Sisters of Greater Akron. In 1995, our agency expanded into Medina County and we changed our name to Big Brothers and Sisters of Summit and Medina Counties.

Nationally, the organization began more than 100 years ago! Big Brothers of America was founded in 1904 when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. At around the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were befriending girls who had come through the New York Children's Court. That group would later become Catholic Big Sisters.

The two organizations merged in June of 1977, to become Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Today, the agency operates in all 50 states and 12 countries around the world!