Ennis Branch

The Ennis Sidekick Program is a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters Ennis Branch and the Ennis Schools, established in 1998. Last year, 30 high school Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors were matched with children in grades K-4 on a one-to-one basis. The purpose of the program is to form a friendship between the volunteer (Big) and the child (Little) to assist the Little with social skills, academics and self-esteem.

Our impact on education

With the help of our donors, volunteers and partners, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes a Big impact on children’s education. The effect has been confirmed by study after study and can be tracked and monitored using our best-in-class measurement tools.

Our impact on education is evident in longstanding research conducted by Public Private Ventures in 1992 and 1993. When comparing those children matched with a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor to those waiting to be served by Big Brothers Big Sisters, these researchers found that:

  • Littles skipped half as many days of school as did their peers.
  • Littles felt more competent about doing schoolwork.
  • Littles skipped fewer classes than did their peers.
Children that are in school, in class, and engaged in their work are more likely to succeed.

What our current Littles say

In a 2009, we commissioned industry leader Civic Enterprises to conduct a nationwide survey of our Bigs and Littles. The results speak volumes about the passion for education held by children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs:

  • 97% of Littles said working hard in school is very important.
  • 95% of Littles said going to school and getting a good education is very important.
  • 94% of Littles said graduating from college is very important.

Children that work hard, recognize the value of education, and set their aspirations towards college are more likely to succeed.  Children that graduate from high school, perform well in school, realize achievements greater than their expectations are successful in school and in life.

67% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big played a role in their decision to attend college.


Dial For Kids Sake 
(March 18-20)
Donate Now!

Over the past 16 years, we have matched hundreds of children in mentoring relationships and thanks to our loyal supporters, our programs are still strong components of our community.  

Dial For Kids Sake is the biggest and only fundraiser for the Ennis Sidekick Program.  Help support the program by becoming a sponsor or donating during the calling marathon.  Funds raised from this event are used to recruit, interview, and support the relationship between a volunteer (Big) and a child (Little).

Ennis Sidekicks

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Branch Director
Michelle Kloote
[ email ]
P.O Box 57
Ennis, MT  59729

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Main Office

15 South 8th Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: 406.587.1216

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PO Box 160084
Big Sky, MT 59716
Phone: 406.855.6544

Ennis Branch

PO Box 57
Ennis, MT 59729
Phone: 406.682.5681