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.
AFPSV IDEA Luncheon, Aneisha Hughes, Co-Host
The Big Sister Little Sister (BSLS) mentoring program aims to mitigate systemic glass ceilings.
BSLS prepares young women to shift and challenge barriers that impacts society globally. We do this by promoting self-confidence, life skills, personal empowerment, education, and career readiness.
We define success as:
1. Reducing high school dropout rates and college attrition rates amongst young women of color
2. Growing lifetime leaders
3. Cultivating and nurturing sisterhood
Through our signature program, WOMENALIGN | Lock & Key (WA|L+K), we support all our members in achieving and maintaining academic excellence and career readiness.
As a woman and minority (Black) founded nonprofit organization, BSLS is consistently recognized for its programs and 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 11 chapters and has impacted over 5500 women since 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 after almost 14 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.