BSLS Mentoring Program
Big Sister Little Sister Mentoring Program (BSLS) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of impacting women, youth, and communities. Through a wide range of programs that are designed to educate and empower, we strive to make a positive and long-lasting contribution to K - 12 and on campuses nationwide.
Sisterhood and Mentorship
AFPSV IDEA Luncheon, Aneisha Hughes, Co-Host
The Big Sister Little Sister Mentoring Program (BSLS) is committed to empowering youth and women for success in competitive career fields and entrepreneurship. Our purpose is to break systemic glass ceilings by providing life skills, personal empowerment, professional development, financial literacy, education, and career readiness while ensuring our members learn to implement wellness and environmental consciousness.
We bridge our members to global opportunities and strive to address housing challenges, defining success by:
1. Reducing dropout rates
2. Nurturing the future generation of lifetime leaders and changemakers
3. Cultivating and nurturing a community centered around mentorship and meaningful connections
4. Dismantling systemic barriers with access to resources that position our members to excel in their endeavors personally and professionally
As a national woman and minority (Black) founded nonprofit organization, BSLS is recognized for its transformative impact.
Meet Our Founder
Big Sister Little Sister Mentoring Program, BSLS, was founded on July 7, 2008, in the top floor dorm of Wheatley Hall Dormitory at Florida A & M University (FAMU), by Aneisha Hughes, the founder and current CEO of BSLS.
FAMU is ranked the biggest, largest, and top Historically Black College or University, HBCU. BSLS mentors women and girls primarily of color to develop positive relationships in communities, campuses, and workplaces globally. "We aim to consistently impact young women and girls of color by ensuring their individual potential is reached as lifetime leaders with access to quality resources, mentors, and programs that prepare our members for success," said Aneisha.
BSLS is now operating nationally at 19 chapters and has impacted over 15,000 women and yousince being established.
Similar to any other brand story, BSLS started off as an idea when Hughes was a teenager. Initially, she was approached by the sophomore class cabinet to brainstorm and execute an event for incoming freshmen, she came up with multiple ideas, but BSLS resonated most in her heart. BSLS was supposed to originally be a semester log initiative geared to transition incoming freshmen girls, but that vision has now expanded almost 15 years later.
To inspire and empower youth and women to intentionally excel in all endeavors.
To become a staple in communities, campuses and workplaces through global leadership by ensuring youth and women that enter BSLS are supported and guided to distinguish themselves while reaching their optimal potential.