BBBS ignites promise of youth
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County (BBBS) continues its mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. The organization’s vision is for all youth to achieve their full potential. After a change in leadership early last year, BBBS has continued to create and grow their mentoring programs to meet the ever growing demand for mentors for the youth in our community.
Executive Director Katie Prices has submitted the following report:
The core Community-based program is the most known program for the agency. In this program, adult “Bigs” are matched with youth “Littles” from the community to provide a mentoring relationship. Matches are asked to meet twice a month and are assigned to a Match Support Specialist who connects with them on a regular basis to offer assistance with building a safe, mentoring relationship. BBBS currently has 46 Shelby County matches, and eight Darke County matches with a growing waiting list for both counties.
After a successful recruitment campaign, BBBS hit 94% of their goal to recruit 50 new prospective Bigs in 30 days. The agency rang in the new year with a whopping 28 new matches made in 2022 and celebrated their first match of 2023 on Friday, Jan. 6. Welcome Big Sister Tami and Little Sister Maddie!