Big Sisters of Racine

Help young girls become young women

We've been around the greater Racine area since 1968.


Big Sisters

Changing lives two by two.

  • – Are women 18 years and older.
  • – Have undergone a screening process and have submitted to and passed a police check.
  • – Have a valid driver’s license and a car available to them.
  • – Have attended a one hour orientation with the Director of Volunteers
  • – Spend time on a regular basis with their Little Sister.
  • – Are not substitute mothers, but rather, adult friends.
  • – Provide friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young girl who could benefit from this type of one on one relationship.

Little Sisters

Girls age 5 - 14

Little Sisters are referred to us by teachers, Social Workers, Counselors, Clergy, or other professionals.  We also take referrals from parents.

  • – Are girls who want a Big Sister and whose parents want them to be in our program.
  • – May remain in the program until they are 18 years old as long as they remain in school.
  • – Come from all areas of Racine and are economically, culturally, and ethnically  diverse.
  • – Enter our program for a variety of reasons:
    • — Coming from a single parent home.
    • — Needing the attention of a caring adult.
    • — Needing motivation, help, or encouragement.
    • — Benefiting from warmth and personal interest of a Big Sister.
Jeanne Tyree-Francis

Jeanne Tyree-Francis

Director of Volunteers

I retired as a school social worker in 2014, after 24 years with the Racine Unified School District.  Over the years, BSGR has been a favorite resource to which I referred girls many times.  In 2012 I became a Big Sister, working with my Little for two years.  The experience was wonderful and one that I would recommend to any woman who would like to be a positive influence in a girl’s life.  The Director of Volunteers position has been a natural fit for me since I started in April 2015, and a rewarding opportunity to make life-changing matches between Big and Little Sisters.