Madeline Borg

Madeline Borg dedicated her career to giving children second chances—through studying juvenile delinquency, working with child welfare and probation associations, and by founding the Big Sister movement. Borg studied juvenile delinquency at Columbia and promoted psychiatric clinics to study child behavior. In 1912 she founded the Big Sister Movement, which paired girls with companions and mentors, and in 1914 she created an offshoot specifically for Jewish Big Sisters. She served as vice president of the National Probation and Parole Association, director of the Child Welfare League, trustee for the Training School for Jewish Social Workers, and member of the executive committees of both the Jewish Board of Guardians and the Girls’ Service League of America, finding new ways to approach children’s problems. In 1929 she was appointed to the New York City Crime Prevention Bureau’s executive committee. She was also active in a number of Jewish charities, becoming president of the New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in 1939 and serving as vice president of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Society of New York, among others.


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New York, NY
United States

Date of Death

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