Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle TN
RSVP 2013 Competition Appendix A Part 1 Funding Opportunities
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children overcome adversity and change their lives for the better. In 1999, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle TN (BBBSMT) became a sponsor agency of RSVP as a result of negotiation on a national level between Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) and Senior Corp. As agreed at that time, BBBSMT focuses 100% of our volunteers toward mentoring. An estimated 150 volunteers will serve during the three-year grant cycle. They will engage in one-to-one mentoring; either in a school-based setting, where mentor and student will meet at a designated school (station) for one hour a week sharing recreational and educational activities, where educational needs are typically teacher-directed; or community-based, where mentors and children engage in community activities three or four times a month. Activities range from visiting the park, zoo, or library to sharing a meal or simply enjoying daily activities together. Volunteer mentors make a one-year commitment to the mentoring match, though many matches last much longer. Volunteers will serve in a network of 15 stations throughout Cheatham, Dickson, and Robertson counties in Tennessee. The sponsor agency will serve as a station for community-based mentoring matches. The primary focus area of this project is Education, specifically serving economically disadvantaged children. At the end of the three-year grant, 250 children will have been served through school- and community-based one-to-one mentoring toward an outcome of improved academic engagement. The CNCS federal investment of $67,390 will be supplemented by at least $28,881 (30%) in non-federal resources.