2015 Grant Recipients
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF TUCSON
4th Year Grant
Agency Background: Dr. Hugh C. Thompson Jr. founded Big Brothers of Tucson in 1963 and matched 23 young men with adult mentors in the community. The vision has grown into an agency that has helped change the lives of over 10,000 Tucson boys and girls. In 1981, Big Brothers of Tucson merged with Big Sisters. The program annually serves 550 children and youth ages 6-18. The mentors are asked to make a one year commitment and spend a minimum of four hours a month with their “Littles” doing everything from helping with homework, to going to sporting events, to making dinner together. There are currently over 100 “Littles” on the waiting list.
Focus of the 2015 SCCF Grant: One to One, Adult to Child Mentoring
The grant would be used to help offset costs to recruit and train “Bigs” which include $40 background checks. BBBST processes an average of 20 new “Bigs” each month for an annual cost of $1200 to support each match. Funding will also be used to offset monthly match get-together costs and salary costs for Match Support Specialists.
Measurable Results: YOS (Youth Outcome Survey for 2014)
Little’s” have shown 30% improvements in math, 40% in science and 36% in reading.
Contact: Marie Logan, CEO Marie@TucsonBigs.org