All children achieve success in life.
Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one to one relationships that change their lives for the better forever.
By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:
· Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
· Avoidance of risky behaviors
· Educational success
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network BBBS makes meaningful monitored matches between adults volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). We provide a system of ongoing evaluation and support which is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds the “Littles” will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities and have a stronger relationships with their parents and others. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama has served children of adversity for 31 years in community and school based programs.
Why we do it: Our interventions focus on reducing juvenile delinquency, help protect public safety and rehabilitate children to be productive members of society. Our mentoring model is proven to reduce drug and alcohol abuse, truancy, and violence. Children who are mentored are;
· 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
· 52% less likely to skip school
· 37% less likely to skip class
· 33% less likely to hit someone
Big Brothers Big Sisters is support by United Way in three of our service counties;
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama
Awarded $20.000 to serve youth through mentoring
Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect
The Children's Trust Fund of Alabama
Support from the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama provides one-to-one mentoring to children in Anniston City Schools and in Community based programs. Approximately 30 children, ages 6-14, who face adversity, will be carefully paired with volunteer mentors. Through the course of their mentoring, mentors and mentees are provided with program activities and monthly professional support, ensuring safety, quality, and positive youth outcomes. Funding for these programs is made possible by two grants, the City of Anniston Competitive Grant and the Foothills Community Partnership Grant, of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Strive for Excellence
September 14, 2013
Area Not-for-Profits have worked diligently over the past year to achieve Standards for Excellence. The program improves organizations by guiding them through a rigorous accreditation process which can then act as a tool for donors to ensure that the organization they support will use their funds wisely. The program focuses on 8 guiding principals: Mission & Program; Governing Body; Conflict of Interest; Human Resources; Financial & Legal; Openness (Transparency); Fundraising; and, Public Affairs & Public Policy. CFNEA partnered with the United Way of East Central Alabama and the Alabama Association of Nonprofits to bring this program to the region.
Front Row l to r: Valerie Shannon, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama; Curtis Simpson, United Way of East Central Alabama; Kate Scarbrough, Intern, Columbia University; Jennifer S. Maddox, Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama; Maggie Burn Owens, YMCA. Back Row l to r: Heather Lamey, Piedmont Benevolence Center; Kay Tolbert, Children’s Services; Martha Vandervoort, Interfaith Ministries; Wonder Osbourne, Public Education Foundation of Anniston; Rose Munford, Cheaha Creative Arts; Jerry Adkins, YMCA Anniston; Angela Beichley, Cheaha Creative Arts; Audrey Noel & Maudine Holloway, Community Enabler Developer.