February GreenApples Charity: Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northeast Florida

For 95 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida has been impacting lives of young people in our community through the power of one-to-one relationships. Mentoring is a proven strategy that changes how our children grow up by meeting critical needs and engaging all levels of community.

BBBSNEFL helps ensure that fewer people will join the ranks of unemployed, under-employed, public assistance recipients, or homeless citizens, simply by helping children stay in school. When young people improve relationships with their teachers, develop more confidence in their academic performance, and stay in school, they achieve better grades and academic success. 

In their 2009-10 fiscal year, BBBSNEFL provided mentors for 1556 children and is committed to serving 5,000 children by the year 2015! However, for every 1500 children served, there are over 250 more on the list waiting to be matched. They receive at least 100 calls each month with requests for a Big Brother or Big Sister that they are unable to fulfill.

Can you help? Below are the main BBBS programs available:

The Community-Based program provides one-to-one interactions between a Big and Little to enhance the life of the child. Bigs and Littles meet an average of six hours a month and participate in various activities such as visiting the library, park, or museum and other BBBSNEFL sponsored activities.

Bigs in Schools is a site-based mentoring program and the Big and Little meet one hour per week, each week of the school year at the child’s school.  During their time together, they read, work on math or science or talk about life experiences and good decision making.

Beyond School Walls is a workplace mentoring partnership between BBBSNEFL and local companies that provide their employees the opportunity to mentor a youth at their workplace.  The Littles are transported to the business twice a month to visit with their Big for an hour. 

Donations boxes for Big Brothers Big Sisters are available at our registers. To learn more about BBBSNEFL or how you can become a mentor to a local child in need, visit www.bbbsnefl.org.


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