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The BIG Breakfast honors the thousands of kids Big Brothers Big Sisters impacts through mentoring each year, particularly highlighting our:
Together, our staff, volunteers, families, and supporters celebrate the proven power of mentoring in our community.
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Our professional case management supervision sets Big Brothers Big Sisters apart from all other mentoring programs. Through consistent contact, a case manager monitors the progress of the one-to-one Big/Little match, evaluates the effectiveness of the match, and offers support where necessary. This support is the key to building longer and stronger matches which result in positive outcomes for the child and the community.
Our mentoring programs support the comprehensive needs of young people, helping them do better in school. We have strong research-based evidence reflecting that youth in Big Brothers Big Sisters achieve positive outcomes in three key areas linked to the path for high school graduation:
1. Socio-emotional competency
2. Avoidance of risky behaviors, and
3. School-related performance including scholastic competency, educational expectations, grades, attendance, and behavior.
Our program efficacy is measured with every child. Success in strengthening developmental assets is measured as improving or maintaining outcomes such as self-esteem, relationship with parents and/or peers, attitudes toward school, and improved cooperative behavior.
We provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. It is our vision that all children achieve success in life. We hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving higher aspirations, gaining confidence to overcome challenges, improving relationships with family and community, and obtaining educational success by staying in school and graduation.
Earlier this year Arne Duncan, Department of Education Secretary, announced the graduation rate for high school students reached a high of 80% in 2013. Local graduation numbers, especially from districts with a large number of low-income students still fall far short. In particular Tukwila Schools (59.8%) and Highline Schools (65.8%) are struggling to help each child succeed. High school graduates live longer and are less likely to be teen parents, commit crimes, rely on government health care, or use other public services such as food stamps or housing assistance.” Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound (BBBSPS) has a long history of helping the children facing these less than ideal statistics through our quality mentoring programs. By targeting our services to at-risk children within each community, we help those most likely to struggle with school performance, and graduation.
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