Our Passion & People

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) provides one-to-one mentors for any youth, ages 6-17 years old. Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationship that ignite the power and promise of youth. Our goals for the youth that we serve are focused in areas that have a positive impact in each of their lives: increased self-confidence, improved academic performance, increased interest in learning, and stronger, positive relationships with humankind through increased sense of belonging. Our volunteer Bigs are making impact on their Littles, and we believe are the heart of our programs. 

Our agency was founded in Durango in 1984 by local citizens who wanted to improve the lives of at-risk youth in Southwest Colorado. They chartered a Big Brothers Big Sisters agency and adopted the national organization’s successful one-to-one mentoring model with its 100+ year history and proven track record of helping at-risk youth move beyond their circumstances to reach their potential. In 2000, an office was opened in Pagosa Springs to better serve children in that area. Our one-to-one mentoring is provided via our traditional Community-Based Mentoring (CBM) program and our Site-Based Mentoring (SBM) program. We continued to develop programs to serve targeted populations and demographics of our Bigs and Littles; including the Soccer Buddies and High School Site-based Programs in 2022.

Southwest Colorado Office


Big Brother Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado
1199 Main Ave. Suite 213 (Bank of Colorado Building)
Durango, CO 81301

Mailing Address:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado
PO Box 2154
Durango, CO 81302



    • Tristen Musselman, Chair – Bank of the San Juans
    • James Schwinghammer, Vice President
    • Cory Dean, Vice President – Bank of Colorado
    • Josh Mack, Secretary- Goldman, Nicholson & Mack 
    • Geno Trujillo, Board Member – TruWest Auto
    • Charles Peterson, Board Member – Peterson & Company
    • James Simmons, Board Member
    • Gillian Arnwine, Board Member- The Wells Group
    • Tiffany Griffith, Board Member- TBK Bank
    • Joan Heil, Advisory Board Member – Retired
    • Ryan Brungard, Advisory Board Member – DSB Attorneys at Law