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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota

Defenders of Potential

aka BBBS   |   Owatonna, MN   |  http://www.bbbsofsouthernmn.org

Mission

Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Michelle Redman

Main address

545 Dunnell Dr

Owatonna, MN 55060 USA

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Formerly known as

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Steele/Dodge Counties

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rice County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Steele County

EIN

36-3501479

NTEE code info

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota provides youth with professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that help them succeed in life by igniting, empowering, and defending their potential. Each mentoring match is professionally supported by a Match Support Specialist to help ensure child safety and aid the match in attaining their goals. Youth who are matched in our program learn life skills, do better academically, and build their confidence and self-esteem. Mentoring relationships opens pathways for youth to achieve success in their future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community-based mentoring

One-to-one mentoring between adult mentors and children between the ages of 5 and 18.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

One-to-one mentoringwhere adults and high school students are matched with children ages 5-18 and they meet once a week at the child's school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesotas commitment to positively impact youth through one-to-one mentorship is important and needed within the communities we serve. Studies show that having a trusted mentor can build a childs social and emotional skills, including those necessary for a child to recognize and control emotions and behaviors, establish, and maintain positive relationships, make responsible decisions, solve challenging situations, and set and achieve positive goals. The mentoring relationship helps increase youths self-esteem and social-emotional skills by acting as an advocate and friend.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota offers two types of mentoring: Community-Based Mentoring and School-Site Mentoring. In Community-Based Mentoring, the volunteer and the child spend quality one-to-one time in their community sharing fun activities, educational opportunities and just simply hanging out and talking. School-Site Mentoring has three different initiatives. Traditional School-Site initiative, which consists of a high school student or an adult matched with a child at a local school. The match meets weekly, connecting through fun activities, lunch, and schoolwork. The REACH School-Site initiative is a match between an adult and a REACH student at Owatonna Middle School. The match meets every other week and participates in a planned activity. The AVID School-Site initiative matches middle school and high school AVID students with businesspeople in their community. The AVID classroom focuses on leadership and college and career readiness. The mentors provide real-life experience to what the students are learning in the classroom. Having an adult mentor in a student's life helps support them personally and academically as they prepare for life after high school. During each meeting, the mentor and student will work on interest exploration, future panning, goal setting, organization skills, and leadership. The friendship component of the match will also allow for consistent support for the students overall well-being and mental health.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesotas goal for 2023 was to serve over 825 youth in Steele, Rice, Waseca and Dodge counties through our Community-Based and School-Site mentoring programs. In 2023, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota supported a record number of one-to-one mentoring matches, 842. While continuing to increase the number of youth served year over year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota has continued to provide outstanding service to our youth, families and volunteers. Our service metrics continue to grow and are well above the national average.
Community-based 12-month retention rate 88% / national average of 71%
School-site 12-month retention rate 80% / national average of 53%
Match length 3 1/2 years / national average 3 years
Volunteer Yield Rate 50% / national average 22%
Cost per match $1,159 / national average $3,208

Our agencys youth outcomes show the importance of mentoring and the need for more volunteers. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota evaluates all matches through a series of surveys and outcome tools that measure progress made by our matches on a yearly basis. Each Little completes a baseline Youth Outcomes Survey (Littles 11+) or a Child Outcomes Survey (Littles 10 and under) at the beginning of their match, and then annually for the length of their match.
In 2023, after a year of mentorship, youth reported:

99% of Littles showed improvement or maintained in Substance Use
96% of Littles showed improvement or maintained in Bullying
96% of Littles showed improvement or maintained in Educational Expectations
96% of Littles showed improvement or maintained in Status Offenses
91% of Littles showed improvement or maintained in Emotional Regulation
88% of Littles showed improvement or maintained in School Discipline
84% of Littles showed improvement or maintained in at Family Connectedness
82% of Littles showed improvement or maintained in Academic Performance

After each year of mentorship, all match parties complete a comprehensive review of the match and reflection of the youths personal development. Key findings from these reviews include:
100% of Littles report their Big makes their life better.

99% of Bigs reported their Little's mental health has maintained or improved over the last year.

97% of parents reported their child's interest in school has maintained or improved over the last year.

95% of parents reported having a Big has helped their child improve relations with family and friends.

In 2023, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota provided 56 free match activities for our Community-Based matches. Examples of match activities that were provided include horseback riding, pickle ball, dodge ball, crafting, cookie decorating, painting, archery, laser tag, bowling, MN Twins tickets, MN United Soccer clinic, and much more. The activities give the youth opportunities to experience and explore new interests. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota provided 399 youth with college and career readiness services throughout 2023. Many of the youth served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are first generation college students. College and career readiness offers youth an opportunity to explore possible jobs and careers in their community. Big Brothers Big Sisters offers scholarship opportunities to Littles and high school Bigs to help them achieve their career dreams.
Due to the continued increase in youth served and impact our program has made, we were asked to expand our service to Olmsted County by the Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate that was currently serving the county. They were unable to serve Olmsted County to the capacity in which it needed to be served. We created a committee to conduct a market study and research the needs of the youth in Olmsted County. In 2024, we have begun to ex

Financials

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota

Board of directors
as of 02/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Pat Delehanty

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Term: 2023 - 2025


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Pat Segler

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/20/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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