Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County, Inc.

Together, We Are The Defenders of Potential.

aka Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County   |   Jamison, PA   |  www.bbbsbc.org

Mission

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County's mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and endruing, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We believe that inherent in every child is great potential. Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.

Ruling year info

1988

CEO

Ms. Rachel Kurtz

Main address

2875 York Road

Jamison, PA 18929 USA

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EIN

23-2461056

NTEE code info

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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Our programs

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Community Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County's Community Mentoring program matches at-risk youth aged 6-18 with volunteer mentors who live locally. Many of the youth referred face socioeconomic risk factors, or have experienced trauma, which make them more likely to develop academic, behavioral, and emotional problems than other children. Littles who participate are given quality one-to-one time, 2-3 times a month, with a carefully-screened caring adult who is willing to talk, listen, and engage the Little in a variety of activities in the community. The Big helps guide the Little in making good choices--like staying away from drugs, and continuing his education-- so that he may achieve his goals, and become a productive, responsible and engaged young adult.

Population(s) Served

In the STEM School Mentoring program, students in grades K-12th are matched with volunteers who are recruited through partnerships with local companies. These companies encourage their employees to give back to the community they work in by serving as Bigs, and allow them the flexibility to meet with their Littles weekly, at a local school partner. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County provides a bin filled with STEM-focused games & activities for the matches to use, to help build the students' interest and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
These mentors provide supplemental academic support, guidance and friendship to students who are struggling academically, emotionally or socially. The matches meet weekly at the school, during the students' lunch, recess or study periods, throughout the school year. The Bigs help build their Littles' interest and skills in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, explore their Littles' creativity and imagination, and offer the Littles a judgment-free zone in which they can share their feelings, and their goals for their future.

Population(s) Served

In our High School Bigs program, outstanding trained high school students serve as Big Brothers or Sisters to elementary school students in their school district. Bigs and Littles meet at the elementary school.
High school students receive leadership & youth development education, and experience the value of community service. The younger students benefit from having role models who are willing to talk, listen and engage them in activities, in a supervised setting.
The mentors provide supplemental academic support, guidance and friendship to students who are struggling academically, emotionally or socially.
The matches meet weekly, throughout the school year. The Bigs assist their Littles with school work, explore their Littles' creativity and imagination through arts and crafts, and offer the Littles a judgment-free zone in which they can share their feelings and their goals for their future.

Population(s) Served

The BLAST (Bigs & Littles Autism Support Team) program matches specially-trained, caring high school students two-to-one as mentors to elementary students from their district with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, to work on three primary goals: improved social communication & interaction, greater flexibility regarding interests & transitions, and higher self-esteem.
The BLAST program helps the students with ASD overcome obstacles by providing them with professionally-supported mentoring relationships. The "Littles" gain self-confidence while also developing their social, communication and interaction skills.
However, this program also benefits the High School Bigs. They gain a comprehensive understanding of ASD through the training, develop greater awareness of and empathy for individuals with ASD, and enhance their leadership, teamwork and problem-solving skills. Some of these Bigs have an interest in working with this population as part of their long-term educational and career goals.
This program has acheived significant results, and very positive feedback, from everyone involved!

Population(s) Served

The Options Program is unique to our agency.
Specially-trained Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County staff members support youth referred by Bucks County Juvenile Court as well as Bucks County's Children and Youth agency. This community-based program is especially designed to reduce recidivism and institutional placements of youth.
Each youth meets biweekly with an assigned staff caseworker, who provides professional guidance, advocacy and support.
The caseworkers help their clients with completing community service hours, when needed, and with creating positive goals for their future.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Quality of Program Award 2009

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Quality of Program Award 2008

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County provides at-risk children with caring adult mentors, who give them the opportunity and guidance they need to develop healthy relationships, strengthen their commitment to school, increase their scholastic confidence and competency, make positive choices, and establish higher goals for their future. Mentors provide the children with the emotional, social and academic support they need to help them have more positive outcomes.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County provides all of our mentors with a thorough orientation and training, as well as an in-depth screening & interview process.
A hallmark of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program is the ongoing support and coaching provided to the Big, Little, and parent. The Match Support Specialist provides insight, resources, training, and mediation for any issues which may arise.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County (BBBSBC) has the solid foundation of over 100 years of national experience through its affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and over 50 years as an independent agency in Bucks County. We are uniquely qualified to “match" at-risk children and youth with carefully-screened adult mentors, who can provide them with the extra support and guidance they need.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is “Blueprints for Violence Prevention" programs nationally identified by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder. Blueprint programs are proven to be effective in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency and substance abuse. BBBS is proven effective against drugs, school failure, and violent behavior by Public/Private Ventures, a nationally acclaimed and experienced research group.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County has been providing mentors for at-risk children & youth in Bucks County for over 5o years. Our outcomes have shown that our "Littles" learn to avoid risky behaviors, develop increased confidence, better relationships with their peers and family, and higher educational aspirations.

We are always in-need of more mentors and funding to support our programs.

Financials

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/28/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Miguel Rodriguez

Janssen Biotech, Inc. --a division of Johnson & Johnson

John Wilson

Retired from Johnson & Johnson

Kevin Dolton

First National Bank of Newtown

Hank Sharkey

AC Lordi Consulting

Zachary Bryant

Teamsters Local 384

Dianne Magee

Grim, Biehn & Thatcher

Jim Brusilovsky

Marks Jewelers

Carolyn Carroll

CMC Consulting Services LLC

Robert Fahey

Johnson & Johnson

Al Ferraguti

Realty One Group

Lacy Peacock

RE/MAX Realty Group

Miguel Rodriguez

Janssen Biotech, Inc.

Tania Turner

Otsuka Pharmaceuticals

Jonathan Klass

Customers Bank

Dan McPhillips

Bucks County Treasurer's Office

Kathleen Mulholland

Retired Philadelphia Public School Teacher