Thank you for your interest in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago (BBBSChi) and our regional growth strategy called the Drive for 5. The following overview highlights the Agency’s bold vision to significantly grow our impact and to more than double the number of children and families we serve. This webpage is designed to provide you with a clearer picture of what the Drive for 5 goals are going to accomplish. You’ll see how, together, we can scale the mission—helping to change the future for thousands of more kids in our communities by empowering them to realize their full potential.

In the meantime, just know how much your consideration and partnership is appreciated.


Jeremy Foster
Chief Executive Officer
312.207.5610 or




Having to choose which kid deserves our help…that doesn’t need to be an option


There are literally thousands of kids in our communities waiting for the life-changing opportunity that having a Big Brother or Big Sister offers. Every day, children experience too many negative influences and roadblocks to reaching their potential. That’s where you and the Drive for 5 (D45) come in to play. The goal of the D45 is to take the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ proven one-to-one mentoring model to scale and move from serving 2,000 kids to 5,000 annually. 

  • Focus on both our highest need and the most underserved regions
  • Focus on supporting all aspects of growth and youth development: helping children develop life skills, build relationships, overcome trauma, and navigate life’s decisions


first…watch the mission in action

Making Matches

Making and sustaining one-to-one mentoring relationships is at the core of D45

• Invest in talented people who recruit, screen, train and match volunteers with children on the waitlist

Provide ongoing match support and guidance to sustain life-changing relationships

• Invest in the latest technology to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in match making and match support


Enhancing Experiences

BBBS enriches each match through unique opportunities

• Invest in future-focused opportunities for Littles: reading and writing workshops, coding classes, campus visits and scholarships

• Invest in keeping matches together by providing shared experiences such as tickets to arts, cultural, and sporting events


transforming communities

Gain presence, relevance and trust in underserved neighborhoods and communities

• Establish six strategically located regional offices

• Employ individuals from targeted neighborhoods who are representative of the families we serve

• Build awareness and engagement through strategic community partnerships and outreach