There’s this pervasive idea in American culture that everyone has the same opportunities to achieve success. Well, that’s simply not true. Sure, all the options might be on the table for everyone, but an option doesn’t become an opportunity until it’s accessible. And countless Eastern Missouri young people and their families can’t even see all their options—let alone get access to them.

The “why” is complex, and after working with young people for more than a century, we can point to many interconnected hardships: poverty, toxic stress, segregation based on race and class, substandard housing, insufficient heath care and education, and crime and violence. All of these threaten to limit a young person’s future.

Theory of Change
from Significance to SuccessSM

To combat these adversities created by economic inequities and systemic racism, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri aims to build a web of developmental relationships between youth and adults at home, in schools, and within communities that:

Affirm significance
Let youth know they matter

Share leadership
Treat them with respect and heed their voices

Promote growth 
Encourage continual improvement

Expand horizons
Open doors to new experiences, education, employment

Foster stability
Help youth and families secure vital resources, and navigate social systems

fueling young people’s pursuits of a meaningful,
stable and independent life.


To ensure that our work actually matters, we rigorously track our performance and outcomes, in partnership with school districts, and engage in ongoing research and innovation with leading institutions like Washington University in St. Louis.

2022 Key Outcomes


12-month match retention

avoided juvenile justice system


graduated from high school


are on a path to a living wage job

2022 Scorecards

Our Commitments

Engage Youth
and Parents

Pass the mic, giving them voice and choice

Build Transformative

Create shared plans to achieve shared goals

Host Experiential 

Make learning personal and memorable

Adopt Empathic Policies 
and Practices

Be in service to others, ensuring dignity and equity for all

Respond to
Actionable Data

Drive continuous improvement and innovation

Share Data-Informed Lessons

Deepen understanding and create conditions for change

Our Locations

St. Louis (Headquarters)

501 N. Grand Blvd., Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63103

Tel  314.361.5900
Fax  314.361.4484

St. Charles

28 Portwest Court
St. Charles, MO 63303

Tel  314.361.5900
Fax  636.493.9538

Cape Girardeau

338 Broadway Street, #513
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Tel  573.339.0184
Fax  573.339.1518

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Serving St. Louis City/County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, Cape Girardeau County, and Scott County.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri is pleased to be an organization that is highly accountable to donors, volunteers, families and community.
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