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

Our VisionAll youth achieve their full potential.

In partnership with parents or guardians and volunteers,
children in our program are achieving:

Educational Success

Greater Aspirations

Higher Confidence

Healthier Relationships

What We Do

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock

  • 01

    focuses on identifying children who can benefit from one-to-one mentoring.

  • 02

    recruits, screens and prepares volunteers to become mentors.

  • 03

    creates positive matches based on interests and needs.

  • 04

    track outcomes annually and report the impact our program has on our community.

Our History

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been the leader in one-to-one mentoring nationwide. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters prides itself in creating one-to-one mentoring opportunities for children between the ages of six and fifteen.

Our local agency has been serving the Lubbock community since 1970. It was originally known as Big Brothers, and in 1977 the agency added Big Sisters to the program. Through continuous partnerships with local school districts, community service organizations, and various businesses, Big Brothers Big Sisters is able to serve children with meaningful and life-changing professionally supported one-to-one mentoring services.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock is recognized as a 501c (3), has a governing board, completes an annual independent audit and is a community partner of Lubbock Area United Way.

Our local agency has been serving the Lubbock community since 1970.

Local Impact

Local data indicates that youth
enrolled in our program are achieving the following:


• 87% improved or maintained
their attitudes towards risky behaviors.
• 84% improved or maintained
educational expectations.
• 97% improved or maintained
academic grades and academic performance.
• 90% improved or maintained
social competence and social acceptance.

National Impact

National research has shown a measurable impact on children’s lives. Youth enrolled in a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program showed the following:


• 46% percent are less likely to initiate drug use.
• 27% percent are less likely to initiate alcohol use.
• One third less likely to hit someone
• 52% percent are less likely to skip school
• 37% percent less likely to skip class

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock
Board of Directors

A compassionate and dedicated group of individuals willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better.

Tamara Rose

West Texas Graduation Services

Ryan Brooke

City of Lubbock

Darrell Hill

Lone Star State Bank

Renae Cockrell


Juanita Arzola

Board Member
United Supermarkets

Jeremy Cortez

Board Member
Lubbock ISD

Tony Garcia

Board Member
One Guy From Italy Restaurant

Kristi Gonzales

Board Member
United Supermarkets

Roger Karr

Board Member
Lubbock National Bank

CiCi Nunez

Board Member
Texas Tech University

Belinda Ramirez

Board Member
McGavock Nissan

Brandon Wianecki

Board Member
City Bank

Brandon Wianeck

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock
Staff Members

Melissa Corley, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Leia Arteaga

Director of Match Support/Development

Debra Gonzales

Director of Enrollment/Recruitment

Rose Robbins

Senior Match Support Specialist

Leah Roberts

Program Specialist

Jadyn Lewis

Marketing Coordinator

Alyssa Aguilar

Customer Relations Specialist

Jan Hardin

Internship Opportunities

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock offers two different internships for college students looking to gain experience, build professional contacts, and/or earn class credit.


  • Marketing & Special Events Internship:

    Assist the Marketing Coordinator in building awareness for the organization as well as promoting and planning fundraising events throughout the semester. This internship will help improve the student’s skills with public relations, event planning, and marketing strategies. Contact our Marketing Coordinator:


  • Program Internship:

    Assist program staff in daily tasks that include, but are not limited to: conducting references, intake, assessments, eligibility determination, record keeping, and maintenance of confidential records. Email our Program Director for more information: