What We Do

What We Do

Our day-to-day work is ever-changing but our commitment to helping young people build a better future is always consistent. We follow the best practices of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. We also support an active innovation laboratory partnering with local and national researchers and organizations to study and develop new models of mentoring and value-added support services.

Youth Mentoring

(grades K-12, ages typically 5-17)

Young people, ages 5-17, are served in various mentoring programs designed to: (1) pair children and teens in 1:1 relationships with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and mentors and; (2) bring together other supporting adults including parents, teachers, business and faith based partners to provide additional support and assistance.

PROGRAMS 

  • Big Brothers Program – One Big Brother is matched with one Little Brother; minimum commitment is one year and four hours of face to face time each month.
  • Big Sisters Program – One Big Sisters is matched with one Little Sister; minimum commitment is one year and four hours of face to face time each month.
  • Big Couples Program – Due to the long waiting list of Little Brothers, one married couple is typically matched with one Little Brother; minimum commitment is one year and four hours of face to face time each month.
  • Big Family Program – Due to the long waiting list of Little Brothers, one family is typically matched with one Little Brother; minimum commitment is one year and four hours of face to face time each month.
  • Team Mates Program – Friends/partners/colleagues are matched with one Little Brother or Little Sister; minimum commitment is one year and four hours of face to face time each month.
  • Young Leaders – teenagers apply to the program with the support of their parent/caregiver. Pairings focus on building a trusting relationship and participate in a variety of activities and efforts to prepare them for post-secondary education and employment.

For additional information, contact Linda Maynard at lmaynard@bbbsemo.org or 314-633-0044.

SPECIAL INITIATIVES

  • Amachi – serves children with a parent in jail or prison. Amachi is a west African word meaning, “who knows but what God has brought us through this child”.
  • Bigs In Blue – Men and women in law enforcement serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The program is focused on recruiting individual volunteers to match with young people and fostering the development of trusting relationships between communities and police officers.
  • Project 2020 – All active Little Brothers and Little Sisters, through the graduating class of 2020, have an opportunity to earn a life-changing scholarship, capable of helping them exit their post-secondary education (college or trade school) debt free.
  • ABCToday Schools – Brings together multiple organizations and institutions to serve a defined population of young people, in this case schools, to improve student Attendance, Behavior and Course performance in reading and math. Our nationally recognized model has the potential to serve, at scale and with impact, some of our nations’ most needy and deserving young people. Schools and program partners, including community, business and faith-based institutions and leaders:

•  commit to a common goal
•  share essential data
•  clarify challenges and provide resources and assistance to individual youth and families
•  recruit volunteers to serve as Big Brothers Big Sisters
•  mobilize adults to create a school wide “mentoring culture”
•  celebrate success in attendance, behavior and course performance in reading and math.

For more information on ABCToday, contact Mackenzie Martin at mmartin@bbbsemo.org or 314-633-0055.

Young Adult Mentoring

(ages 18-25)

We support young people after high school and through age 25. We work to ensure that they have a plan in place and a goal to accomplish – whether it is enrolling in college, enlisting in the military or becoming gainfully employed. Our ultimate goal is to help them secure a living wage job.

PROGRAM

Big Futures – Young adults in the program are supported directly by an assigned BBBSEMO staff person.  Our staff contact and connect with graduates regularly, offering comprehensive assistance –  supporting them in determining their path to college/trade school, enlistment in the military or preparation in seeking immediate employment. All young adults, if agreeable and engaged, are supported and coached, through the age of 25. Parents, Bigs and other mentors actively support the planning process and serve as advocates.

SPECIAL INITIATIVE

Connected Scholars – We teach young adults how to recruit their own mentors, maintain productive relationships and navigate the systems of adulthood (i.e. banking, money management, shelter, transportation.)

For more information on young adult mentoring, contact Tashanna Rucker at trucker@bbbsemo.org or 314-633-0041.

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