Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Celebrates 70 Years

James “Jimmy” Ahern is a managing partner and head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company in New York City. James “Jim” Ahern is also a member of the Board of Overseers for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, and vice chair of the organization’s annual golf outing, which raises nearly $1 million annually.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Massachusetts Bay is the largest youth mentoring agency in New England, serving 150 communities and more than 3,600 children each year. The organization was founded in 1949 by a small group of volunteers who wanted to help fatherless boys. They helped 10 children that first year, and were known as the Big Brother Association of Boston.

The organization grew rapidly, and began hiring staff and holding fundraising events. By 1955, they had a wait list. As the organization expanded, its name changed to the Big Brother Association of Greater Boston. In 1984, the organization hired John Pearson as CEO. He would stay with the organization for 25 years and enact many important changes.

In the ’90s, the organization expanded even more, introducing the School-Based Mentoring Program and serving young girls in addition to boys. At the turn of the century, the organization became Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.

BBBS of Massachusetts Bay is currently following a strategic plan known as “Operation Go Big,” which will see the nonprofit serving 5,000 youth by 2022.

To learn more and find out how you can help, visit https://www.bbbsmb.org.