As the nation’s largest volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) ages 6-18, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better forever. Children mentored through the BBBS programs are more likely than their peers to have four year college degrees, two-thirds agree that their mentor helped them reach a higher level of education than they thought possible and half agree that their mentor kept them from dropping out of high school.
The Project: Bigs in Blue
The Commitment: $500,000
Crystal Charity Ball funds will be used for staff salaries and programming costs for an innovative initiative connecting police officers, fire fighters and city personnel with Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star (BBBS) to expand mentoring opportunities for Dallas County youth. With guidance and support of BBBS professional degreed staff, police, fire fighters and city personnel will serve as mentors, establishing strong and enduring one-to-one relationships with at-risk youth and their families. Approximately 300 children, ages 6-18, will be served annually.