Our MissionProvide children with strong, enduring and professionally supported one-to-one mentoring in Lubbock and the South Plains area.

Our VisionHelp children reach their full potential in school and in life

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 (2016) indicates that youth enrolled in our program:


86% improved in their self-confidence

83% improved in academic performance

More than 75% of participants are able to build and maintain trusting relationships with family, peers, and other adults

81% of participants improved their attitudes toward a healthy future

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:


94% maintained or improved in their attitudes against risky behaviors

88% maintained or improved in their parental trust

85% maintained or improved in their educational expectations

Local data (2016) indicates that 86% of youth improved in their self-confidence

View Our Annual Report

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock
Board of Directors

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

Shawn Vinson

Self-Storage of Texas

Renae Roberts

Covenant Medical Center

Joel Mowery

Servpro of Southwest Lubbock

Brooke Withcher

Board Member
City of Lubbock

Matt Ernst

Past President
Ramar Communications

Belinda Ramirez

Board Member
McGavick Nissan

Darrell Hill

Board Member
First Capital Bank

Gilbert Padilla

Board Member
IXL Marketing Solutions

Juanita Arzola

Board Member
United Supermarkets LLC.

Johnny Rodriguez

Board Member
Lubbock National Bank

Kristi Gonzales

Board Member
United Supermarkets LLC.

Roger Karr

Board Member
Amarillo National Bank

Ryan Brooke

Board Member
City of Lubbock

Tamara Rose

Board Member
West Texas Graduation Services

Troy Talley

Board Member

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock
Staff Members

Melissa Madrid Corley

Executive Director

Debra Gonzales

Erin Wallney

Community Relations Specialist

Leia Arteaga

Program Coordinator

Rose Robbins

Match Support 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. Email Daniel Johnson for more information:


  • 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 Debra Gonzales for more information: