Grant Helps Expand Reach of Bigs in Blue Program

Abilene, TX – November 27, 2018

The local Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) will soon start matching more Abilene youth and mentors though the Elise Ybarra Bigs in Blue program. A $5,000 grant from State Farm is assisting in pairing at least five more children currently waiting for a mentor with a sworn public servant, expanding the program’s reach.

“The need for mentoring has never been greater,” said Mark Rogers, Market President of BBBS Abilene.

“Our staff proudly partners with parents and guardians, volunteers, donors, companies and others in the community to partner Abilene children with a caring adult mentor. We hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving higher aspirations for their future, greater confidence in themselves, better relationships at home and at school, avoidance of risky behaviors and overall educational success.”

Rogers adds, “Statistics quantify a compelling local demand for mentoring. More than 20% of the Littles in our program have a parent who is incarcerated, 84% come from non-two parent families and 66% come from low income families.“

“The results are equally as telling. Nearly 98% of children who have a Big promoted to the next grade level, graduated, and/or stayed out of the juvenile justice system. 98% improved in their attitude towards risky behaviors and 95% increased their scholastic competency after being matched with a mentor.”

Matches meet up to four times per month for at least one year in one of two program offered—either the Site-based program, aka “Lunch Buddies”, or the Community-based program. Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts monthly activities for matches to attend and each match is supported and monitored by an assigned Match Support Specialist to ensure an impactful, safe match.

For more information about volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Abilene, contact Megan at 325-674-3139 or mtolle@bbbstx.org.