Ernest K. Coulter

Ernest K. Coulter’s enduring contribution is the founding, in 1904, of the Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring movement. Coulter lived a life of purpose and passion. Social welfare activist, journalist, lecturer, author, lawyer and advocate for children’s rights - Coulter offered a lifetime of service to others.

Social issues Ernest Kent Coulter addressed:

  • Children’s Rights
  • Education
  • Mentoring

Social issues that need to be addressed today:

  • Children’s Rights – More than 110 million primary school age children worldwide are not enrolled in school. Most of these are girls. Millions more children are enrolled in schools now than at any time in history. Source
  • Education – 41 percent of fourth-grade boys and 35 percent of fourth-grade girls read below the basic level. In low-income neighborhoods it is nearly 70 percent. Source
  • Mentoring – Youth who participate in mentoring relationships experience a number of positive benefits. In terms of educational achievement, mentored youth have better attendance; a better chance of going on to higher education; and better attitudes towards school. Source