Mission Statement

Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Vision Statement

All youth achieve their full potential

Accountability Statement

By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers , and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:

* Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships

* Avoidance of risky behaviors

* Educational success

The Southern Lake Michigan Story

Big Brothers started as an interest group on the University of Notre Dame campus in 1968. Big Sisters began through a South Bend Concerned Women’s Group, led by Sylvia DeBoskey in 1969. Big Brothers Big Sisters merged locally in 1973 and secured funding through the United Way.

The agency bought its first offices in 1980 on Madison Street in South Bend to house staff and administrative records. In 1995, the first School Mentoring initiative began at Perley Elementary School in South Bend. We currently serve children in the PHM School District and have site-based programming in several South Bend after-school neighborhood Centers. The agency moved to a leased office space in downtown South Bend in 2006 to save on escalating building expenses associated with owning a large office building.

In January of 2020, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lower West Michigan (with offices in Niles, Michigan) merged with the St. Joseph County agency and one new partnership was formed: Big Brothers Big Sisters – Southern Lake Michigan Region.

Currently, hundreds of children are supported each year in our one-to-one Community and School Mentoring Programs.

Our Staff

Joel DeMott
Chief Executive Officer
Liz Stoutenour
Marketing & Special Events Manager
Katie Craft
Director of Programs
Angel Clements's headshot.
Angel Clements
Program Support Specialist
Rachel Van Alstine
Site-Based Coordinator
Denise Rose
Program Support Specialist
Taylor Yoder
Enrollment Specialist
Breyona Gray
Match Support Specialist
Tiffany Davila
Marketing & Events Coordinator

2023 Board of directors

Drew Warden | President | Lippert
Rebecca Ward | Vice President | TLDB
Brian Hake | Treasurer | Kruggel Lawton & Co, LLC
Sandi Pontius | Board Secretary | SJ Health System
Michael Anthony | Golden Years Financial
T.D. Ball | University of Notre Dame
Eric Becker | Whirlpool Corp.
Craig Blough | Delaval Inc.
George Bonin | Trutility
Willie Brown | Heart City Health
Curtis Gunther | Forest River
Brent Miller | Everence
TJ Jorgensen | TJ21 Media
Sarah Milovich | Carleton, Inc.
T.J. Miller | Crowe
Adrian Riley | City of Elkhart Police Dept.
Amelia Schroeder | Whirlpool Corp.
Larry Sehy | Community Representative
Nathan Vogel | Inovateus Solar
Vickie Wagner | Community Representative

2023 Advisory Council

Bob Morton | Berrien County | University of Notre Dame
Bob Rusboldt | Porter County | Community Representative
Gage Hudak | St. Joseph County | Bradley Company
Minda Clemens | Elkhart County | Welch Packaging

Make a Difference Today

When you support Big Brothers Big Sisters, you positively impact the young people in your community.