Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley AmeriCorps program is intended to engage service members in an effort expand of capacity to provide one-to-one mentoring programs to youth within a 13 county service area. The goal of the initiative is improve acedemic and behavioral performance of youth who lack consistent and positive adult role models through a coordinated and comprehensive one-to-one mentoring program. AmeriCorps members will be assigned within one of two focus areas: The Expansion focus would coordinate one-to-one mentoring programs within rural and urban areas challenged to maintain a steady and consistent intervention for vulnerable youth. This would involve working with local community leaders, businesses and area schools to implement school-based and community-based one-to-one mentoring models that obtains significant academic and behavioral outcomes on the children. The Focus area of the grant will seek to engage diverse populations in the mentoring process, including seniors, african americans, hispanic americans, and veterans to an effort to connect adults to children. The initiative will allow members to engage over 300 new adult volunteers in one-to-one mentoring programs within our 13 county service area.