The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama is "to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever." The organization is the largest of its kind, with the volunteer "Bigs" helping the "Littles" realize their potential and build their dreams.
According to the BBBSSA's informative brochure, "We (the organization) nurture children and strengthen communities through two programs, Community and School-based. Through these two programs, we typically enroll children ages 6-12 and continue supporting the match through age 18. What sets us apart from other mentoring organizations is our ongoing, professional support for the duration of the match."
The Community-based program is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship serving children ages 6-12, mentoring by spending time with the child doing things they enjoy in the community; the commitment is one year.
The School-based program currently offers one-to-one mentoring to children in 30 schools in Mobile, Baldwin and Monroe counties. The interaction takes place on school grounds during school hours.
Research and figures from 2013-2014 show that the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs work. Outcomes include that 97% of the Littles were more confident that they would finish school; 92% had improved relationships with peers and adults. Eighty-six percent of Littles avoided risky behaviors and 93% improved academically.
To learn more about BBBSSA, contact CEO and President, Aimee Risser, at 344-0536 ext. 106, stop by the office at 9 Dauphin Street, Ste. 101 or visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters website.