Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois Receives $20,000 from the Roblee Foundation

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois (BBBSIL) recently received a grant for $20,000 from the Joseph H. & Florence A. Roblee Foundation to produce quality, lasting 1:1 mentoring relationships that keep kids in school, out of trouble, and on a path to post-graduation success.

Funding will support the identification and recruitment of volunteers, enrollment and interviews of new youth and their families, and regular follow-ups with participants.

Studies from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University have shown that just one consistent, caring adult can help children overcome challenges and make positive choices. Through 1:1 mentorship, Keeping Kids Connected brings trusted adults into the lives of youth.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), the oldest and largest evidence-based youth mentoring organization in the United States. Our mission is to ignite the power and promise of youth through 1:1 mentoring relationships. Our vision is that all youth achieve their full potential. We develop positive relationships between children (“Littles”) and adult volunteers (“Bigs”) that have lasting effects on their lives. We also offer counseling services to at-risk youth enrolled in our program and those referred from community partners. We believe that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive.

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