BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS OF PALM BEACH AND MARTIN COUNTY, INC.

Keep Kids Connected

West Palm Beach, FL   |  http://www.mentorbig.org

Mission

Big Brothers Big Sisters empowers kids to stay on track to graduate with a plan for their future and a mentor whose impact lasts a lifetime. Our Mission is to “Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.” Big Brothers Big Sisters empowers kids to stay on track to graduate with a plan for their future and a mentor for their lifetime. Our Mission is to “Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.” In 2020, during the pandemic, 579 kids were matched to a caring mentor.

Notes from the nonprofit

Big Brothers Big Sisters is honored to serve Palm Beach and Martin County communities; the youth who live in those communities and the hundreds of volunteer mentors, businesses, and local schools who generously dedicate their time, talent, and other resources. So that local youth can reach their brightest potential! WE could not do this without you!!!!!

Ruling year info

1986

President and CEO

Ms Yvette Flores Acevedo MSW

Main address

1700 Kirk Road

West Palm Beach, FL 33406 USA

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EIN

59-2676889

NTEE code info

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Big Brothers Big Sisters believes that all youth can achieve their full potential through one-to-one professionally supported mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Mentoring truly empowers youth and strengthens communities. Positive mentoring relationships have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. Nationally, youth who participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are more confident in their schoolwork performance, able to get along better with their families, 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% less likely to skip school. Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 486 youth last year with similar positive outcomes. Across all programs mentored youth were engaged and more confident in their academic performance, showed improvement in avoidance of risky behaviors able to get along better with others, and began to set goals and take action steps toward 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?

"Start Something"

Community-based Mentoring is the cornerstone of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Our unique brand of one-to-one mentoring, in which a child facing adversity is matched with a caring adult mentor in a relationship supported by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members, changes lives for the better forever.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Adults

Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents –Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents (MCIP) is a special community-mentoring program designed to match mentors and with children who have a parent or sibling who is incarcerated. Children who come from homes with histories of incarceration face increased challenges related to community stigma, grief, single-parent homes, and poverty, and often need additional support and guidance as these children are at an increased risk for becoming incarcerated themselves. This unique program seeks to add a support layer through mentorship and connection for the child/family. Case Management for this program requires Big Brothers Big Sisters staff to have direct contact with this special population to have additional training to increase positive outcomes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Adults

After School-Based Mentoring- High School students or adults meet with Littles for one hour, once per week. Integrated into select after-school programs in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, this group successful for both elementary and high school students. For one hour per week Littles can except that their Big will help them with homework, play a game, do an art project and just be their friend. High school students can earn community service/volunteer hours while meeting with their Little. A Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member facilitates all sessions to ensure program quality and safety.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Whether they chose to attend college, post-secondary school, and/or join the workforce, youth learn valuable skills no longer taught in school, gain a sense of the future and learn to set goals for their future. The School to Work program has been a working program since 2017, but the agency has had experience in career exploration programs since 2012 with hundreds of youth receiving one-to-one mentoring, career exploration opportunities, and gaining knowledge to set goals for their future.

In addition, youth receive one-to-one mentorship to build social capital and equity, group workshops such as financial management, resume writing leadership, workplace etiquette, etc., that increase knowledge and employability skills. Upon entering the program youth have little interest or knowledge in their future or plans after high school. Youth completing the program have a resume of experience, learned employability skills, and know pathways to success beyond school walls.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Big Brothers Big Sisters is has expanded the School-Based Program by engaging students with an online mentor and using a pen-pal reading/writing curriculum. This innovative digital mentoring platform helps create independent learners by combining powerful writing tools, compelling content, and access to mentor role models. By matching carefully-screened volunteers with students 1:1, students can read, respond, and make connections to the passages with their mentors while building confidence in themselves as readers and writers. Mentors receive guidance in key academic concepts as well as how to build the mentoring relationship.

Population(s) Served
Students
Men and boys

As a program that positively impacts the lives of local young people, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties gets many inquiries from local organizations wondering how they can get involved. Of course, we always welcome new volunteers who are looking to become a Big, but one-on-one volunteering is only one way your employees can help. Your organization can also show support for the more than 300 children on our waitlist by sponsoring a “Big For A Day” activity.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Sports Buddies, a specialty-mentoring program, combines the time-tested effectiveness of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model with an innovative approach to meet the needs of male mentoring pairs. Sports activities encourage men to volunteer fostering critical youth connections outside of the home and school. The mentor is equipped with a plan for relationship development and youth mentoring goals.

Big Brothers Big Sisters staff facilitates group participatory and spectator sports activities, such as playing soccer or going to a football game, encouraging connection and building trust. Often fun activities spark conversations about health, social justice, bullying, and other issues boys may not be able to discuss with their mothers or peers. Mentoring pairs engage in one-on-one activities but also have the crucial benefit of meeting positive peers outside their normal circle of friends.

Population(s) Served
Men
Boys

“Beyond School Walls” program offers volunteers (“Bigs”) and high school students (“Littles”) the chance to develop deep, meaningful, relationships while guiding Littles in planning for post-secondary pathways and igniting their potential. The program consists of strategically matching Littles with an employee Big in professional workplace settings.

Together, the mentoring pair reviews critical skills such as office etiquette, resume writing, leadership, and other vital soft skills needed for success in the workforce or post-secondary education. Kids seem to join the program because they have an interest in their future, they just don't know what to do. However, upon completion of the program, youth are empowered, have gained valuable skills no longer taught in school, and have a mentor in their corner. Youth who are knowledgeable in career readiness can explore options and plan for their brightest future.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Students
Teachers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America 1986

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Ethnic and racial groups, Families, Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

BBBS began tracking events and training' in 2015 through Eventbrite. # reflects the amount of events, outings or training' offered for calendar year.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, Children, Parents, Preteens

Related Program

"Bigs Inspiring Scholastic Success"

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Number reflects FY and hours in site-based programs only in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, Children, Preteens, Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number reflects calendar Year. Children and youth served through Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Programs.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Preteens, Young adults, Older adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number reflects calendar Year. Please note some volunteers mentor more than one child.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Preteens, Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number reflects FY and Youth Mentors in site based program in both Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Big Brothers Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties seek to provide various avenues to provide mentoring. Increasing the number of children being mentored by providing Mentors in various ways of mentoring: whether it be in the community, at our schools, and at our local businesses. Children involved in BBBS mentoring relationships are given opportunities they otherwise might not have – opportunities that expand their perceptions of the world and give them hope for the future. Together we can continue to reach out to children who might otherwise never know the incredible impact that a caring, supportive mentor can have in their lives. National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs directly and positively impact children's lives.
• More confident in their schoolwork performance
• Able to get along better with their families
• 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
• 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
• 52% less likely to skip school

According to the National Mentoring Partnership, youth who have a Mentor are:
• 55% more likely to enroll in college.
• 78% more likely to volunteer regularly.
• 90% are interested in becoming a mentor.
• 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

Big Brothers Big Sisters strives to improve the quality of life of at-risk children by offering mentoring programs that focus on building trusted relationships with positive role models. These programs allow children and youth to build social skills and relationships, promote school success, and strengthen the child's perceptions of their self-worth and competence.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties staff provides professionally supported mentoring relationships to our volunteers, children, and families in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Beginning at the time a family or volunteer inquires about mentoring; degreed staff guide potential Bigs, Littles, and their families through enrollment. Multilayered background screenings, orientations, and interviewing are just the first steps to making meaningful mentoring relationships (Matches). With child safety being our top priority, BBBS staff use the enrollment period to discover information about inquiring families and volunteers to ensure program eligibility. Staff identifies the best match of goals, needs, and interests that will yield the most positive outcomes for the child. A “Youth Outcome Development Plan" is created for every child who is enrolled in all BBBS programs. The plan prioritizes the child's needs through goal setting and gives the mentor direction, strategy, and methods for helping their Little develop socially, emotionally, and academically. Once a Little and Big is matched, a Case Manager monitors the match to ensure participant safety and positive relationship development, while providing ongoing coaching for volunteers and giving parental support.
While Big Brothers Big Sisters continues to provide its signature community-based mentoring program, matching a child with a caring adult in a one-to-one personalized relationship, we also have several mentoring sites in local schools and mentoring through internships with our business partners in the community. The agency seeks to provide and encourage educational opportunities, service projects, and activities “just for the fun" to all participants. Big Brothers Big Sisters staff provide contact (Match Support) with Bigs, Littles, and Guardians. Mentor training is provided formally and informally on varying topics; communication with families, understanding their Little, boundary setting, relationship building, developmental stages of youth, cultural diversity, and socioeconomic differences that may prove a challenge for the Big.
Criteria to become a Big includes a one-year commitment to Mentor, local, state, and national level background screening that may include fingerprinting, driving record check, predator checks, reference screenings, in-depth interviews with qualified BBBS staff members. Our Bigs are a diverse population, varying in age, gender, race, education, and socioeconomic levels, but they all share a common goal of wanting to help a child achieve success; giving their time, talent, and resources to make a difference in the life of a child.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties values its alignment with the community and its partners, viewing them as allies in the vision and mission. Through partnerships with the Martin and Palm Beach County School Districts, the agency can deliver mentoring programs to children in schools. In-kind, the schools provide referrals and space for our program to operate. Our partnerships with community agencies and Universities provide opportunities to work together on a common goal; to serve the community. We have partnered with ICouldBe, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and United Way to provide resources, recruitment opportunities, and volunteers to Big Brothers Big Sisters throughout the year. Big Brothers Big Sisters also partners with FAU School of Social Work by providing field supervision for Social Work Interns; mentoring the next generation of Social Workers. Area business partners with our agency encouraging mentoring as a volunteering option while at work. Through this shared value, Martin and Palm Beach Counties provide quality mentoring relationships for local kids impacting their future for success.

Since 1986, Big Brothers Big Sisters has provided mentors to children in Martin County. In 2010, the Martin County agency expanded into Palm Beach County, creating an overall territory of over 2,000 square miles and a population of over 1.5 million residents. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, inc. is proud of its accomplishments, collaborations, and awards over the past thirty-five years and seeks to continue to strive for excellence.
• 2007 Top 35 of Big Brothers Big Sisters Agencies Nationwide
• Again in 2009, 2010, 2011 Top 35 Big Brothers Big Sisters Agencies Nationwide.
• 2007 CEO, William P. Bee, Jr., Top Agency CEO
• Business Leader Magazine: Top 100 small businesses in South Florida.
• 2008, 2009, and 2011 Martin County's Best Places to Work.
• 2013 Awarded from the City of WPB for Dedication to the Children of PBC.
• 2015 Sun Sentinel Doyle Award for Nonprofit Excellence.
• December 2015, BBBS completed a 3-year collaborative research project with the American Institutes for Research. The project studied advocacy and teaching in mentoring relationships. The results have provided valuable insight into the field of mentoring.
• Fall 2016, BBBS partnered with Florida Atlantic University, School of Social Work by providing field supervision for Social Work Interns; mentoring the next generation of Social Workers.
• Summer 2017, BBBS developed and piloted a summer “School to Work" program.
• 2018 the program became a full-year career development-mentoring program and expanded into Martin County in 2019.
• 2020, Big Brothers Big Sisters successfully transitioned all programs to virtual using monitored platforms. Big Brothers Big Sisters continues to provide mentors to kids during this time of social distance. Over 130 kids have received mentoring through virtual means between March 2020 and August 2020.
• 2021 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties contributes to John's Hopkins University's study for best practices for digital mentoring.
• 2021 Big Brothers Big Sisters increases program enhancements through Sports Buddies and Literacy mentoring.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS OF PALM BEACH AND MARTIN COUNTY, INC.

Board of directors
as of 10/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Mark Kieslor

John Yudin

Guy, Yudin & Foster, Inc.

Ken Ringe

Bayview Construction

Richard Bova

Net One Technologies

Richard Levine

Retired- Macy VP Store Manager

Mark Kieslor

Steinger, Iscoe & Green

Glenn Hasell

Independent Financial Solutions

Cathy Glover

David Hall

Kim Capen

Sandra Bailey

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/17/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/12/2019

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.