Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle TN
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.