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.