In 1904, a New York City court clerk by the name of Ernest Coulter noticed many boys going through his courthouse. He wanted to do something to reverse this trend and decided that perhaps connecting these kids with caring adults might keep some of them from getting into trouble. Also in New York City at that same time, the Ladies of Charity group was working with females in the New York Children’s Court through an organization called Catholic Big Sisters. Though the two groups began and operated independently for many years, they eventually joined forces in 1977 to become the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Now the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization is helping children in all 50 states and in 12 countries across the globe. The nonprofit sees great results: after 18 months in the program, children are less likely to use drugs and alcohol, skip school, and use violence.
About William Barzee: A supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, William Barzee is a Managing Partner with Barzee Flores law firm in Miami.