2018 Grant Recipients

7th Year Grant-$10,000

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.  In 1981, Big Brothers of Tucson merged with Big Sisters. The program annually serves 550 children and youth ages 6-18.  There are currently over 150 “Littles” on the waiting list.


Focus of the 2018 SCCF Grant:  Traditional “Big-Little ”Youth Mentoring Program

Once matched, the Bigs and Littles spend 2-3 hours, at least 2 times a month at outings designed especially with the kids in mind.  Bigs are encouraged to offer experiences Littles are not otherwise exposed to.  Bigs offer opportunities such as free or low cost educational outings to local museums, parks, walks in nature and other experiences where a Little can begin to trust in their Big.  Hence they can receive guidance and share their hopes and dreams for a brighter future.  BBBST also organizes and hosts group outings each month for these Bigs and Littles.

Measurable Results: BBBST made 530 one to one mentoring matches in 2016, a 7% increase n the last two years.  Youth in this program experienced the following success, in the 7 indicators:

  • Scholastic Competency 66%
  • Educational Expectations 70%
  • Grades 69%
  • Social Acceptance 59%
  • Parental Trust 81%
  • Risk Avoidance 82%
  • Special Adult Relationship 97%

Contact: Marie Logan, CEO, marie@tucsonbigs.org