BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF TUCSON (11TH YEAR)
The mission of Big Brother’s Big Sister’s is to create and support one to one mentoring relationships igniting the power and promise of youth, so all youth achieve their full potential. In 2022, BBBS will serve 400 youth and families. They’ll continue efforts to recover from the pandemic and recruit new children and volunteers into the program. In 2021, 70% of youth lived in a single parent home, 28% had an incarcerated parent and 75% came from low-income homes.
2022 Grant Focus: Traditional “Big-Little” Youth Mentoring Program
Once matched, the Big and Little’s spend 2-3 hours at least 2 times a month at outings designed especially for kids. Bigs are encouraged to offer experiences Little’s are not otherwise exposed to – free or low-cost educational outings to local museums, parks, walk in nature and other experiences where a Little can begin to trust in their Big. BBBS also organizes and hosts group outings each month for these Bigs and Littles. There has been a substantial increase in referrals because of the past issue of social isolation as a result of the pandemic. SCCF funds will help support the cost of recruiting new volunteers, matching mentors with youth, catch youth up in school and provide effective ways to stay connected to their mentors.
BBBST evaluates services and impact using the Youth Outcome Survey. Youth are evaluated in seven indicator areas. The following percentage of youth met or exceeded respective goals:
- Scholastic Competency 66%
- Educational Expectations 70%
- Grades 69%
- Social Acceptance 59%
- Parental Trust 81%
- Risk Avoidance 82%
- Special Adult Relationship 97%