Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, Inc.

Orlando, FL   |  www.cflbigs.org

Mission

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Ruling year info

1975

CEO

Mrs. Glen Marie Hamilton

Main address

618 E. South Street Suite 500

Orlando, FL 32801 USA

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EIN

59-6555007

NTEE code info

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Youth Mentoring and Development Program

BBBSCFL’s Youth Mentoring
and Development Program (YMDP) matches children (“Littles”), ages 6-16, with
caring adult volunteers (“Bigs”) from the community in one-to-one mentoring
relationships that meet year round. These relationships are designed to provide
individualized attention to the child, building self-esteem and academic
success, improved decision-making skills and communication with peers and
parents – all supporting the happy, healthy development of each child. Bigs
must complete an in depth interview process, background check, orientation and
training prior to being approved to volunteer. Littles and parent/guardians
also participate in an in-depth interview process, to facilitate an optimal
mentoring match.Bigs and Littles meet to share fun activities across Central Florida at least once a month for 6-10 hours. Each match is unique and they develop a schedule that works for them. These simple experiences are actually opportunities for a Little to be heard, supported, guided and awakened to new possibilities. Throughout the life of the match, BBBSCFL provides ongoing professional support and guidance to volunteers and families. Matches conduct activities in their community or at school and work sites. This year, BBBSCFL is expanding our mentoring opportunities for LGBTQ youth and those whose parents are or have been incarcerated. matches children (“Littles”), ages 6-16, with caring adult volunteers (“Bigs”) from the community in one-to-one mentoring relationships that meet year round. These relationships are designed to provide individualized attention to the child, building self-esteem and academic success, improved decision-making skills and communication with peers and parents – all supporting the happy, healthy development of each child. Bigs must complete an in depth interview process, background check, orientation and training prior to being approved to volunteer. Littles and parent/guardians also participate in an in-depth interview process, to facilitate an optimal mentoring match. Bigs and Littles meet to share fun activities across Central Florida at least once a month for 6-10 hours. Each match is unique and they develop a schedule that works for them. These simple experiences are actually opportunities for a Little to be heard, supported, guided and awakened to new possibilities. Throughout the life of the match, BBBSCFL provides ongoing professional support and guidance to volunteers and families. Matches participate activities in their community or at school and work sites. Youth are matched with adult volunteers up to age 16 and can continue in the program through age 18. This year, BBBSCFL is expanding our mentoring opportunities for LGBTQ youth and those whose parents are or have been incarcerated.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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Awards

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 1975

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1975

Goals & Strategy

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Our vision is that all youth achieve their full potential. We strive to do this by working to change
children's lives through professionally supported one-on-one mentoring
relationships. By providing academic, developmental and social goal setting
through positive, safety checked mentoring guidance, we see children who are
facing adversity improve their grades, their attendance in school, graduation
rate, educational aspirations, and behavior.
The goals for youth who participate in our program are as follows:
· To refrain from dropping out of school
· To improve their grades in school
· To reduce risky behaviors, like truancy, drug, and alcohol use
· To develop higher aspirations following graduation from school
· To refrain from any new or additional involvement with the juvenile justice system

Professionally supported mentoring programs help youth improve school attendance, academic performance and the ability to be promoted to the next level. Mentoring ultimately enables students to stay in school, resist delinquent behavior and improve their access to post-secondary education. Mentoring reduces drug and alcohol abuse, youth violence and drop-out rates while enhancing emotional health. National and local studies show that children who have role models are more likely to improve in academics and in relationships with family and friends. The match (Big and Little) meet on average for a minimum of six hours per month and work on individualized match goals and academic improvement plans customized to meet the specific needs of the child. A personalized Youth Outcome Development Plan (YODP) is created to address the academic, behavioral and developmental goals at the onset of the match. Each match is measured against the success of the outcomes related to these goals. Before a child meets their mentor for the first time, a professionally trained case manager determines the academic, behavioral and developmental goals for each child. When the volunteer is matched with the child, a match meeting is scheduled for the volunteer, parent, and child to meet and go over the YODP. The volunteer and child, along with the parent/guardian, determine what activities they will incorporate into their mentoring sessions to obtain the established goals over the next 12 months. The goals are then monitored on a monthly basis by the case manager in the monthly assessments and surveys to ensure the quality of the match as well as ensure child safety and adherence to guidelines. We also provide agency supported match activities to support the cultivation of the match.

BBBSCFL’s professionally trained staff provide the interviews, assessments and quality assurance to support all of our matches each year. We have program staff dedicated to providing these services to the community. All our program staff are required to do in-depth ongoing training on Youth Protection, cultural competency, Adverse Childhood Experiences, etc.We partner with schools, other community organizations and corporations throughout Central Florida to serve as sites for providing mentoring services, referral sources for volunteers and youth, as well as financial and marketing support for educating the community on what we do. Our website and Facebook communicate with the public our new matches, successful match activities, and celebrate the accomplishments of what mentoring does.

Our outcomes tie directly to academic success & overall positive health & well-being of youth. Staff works continually with youth, mentors, parents, & schools to ensure successful outcomes. Indicators include positive relationships with peers, a decrease in at-risk behaviors, improved decision-making, healthy lifestyle, relationship with mentors, diversity awareness/sensitivity, accepting relationships with family & community, improved attitude toward school & academic performance. Our unique method of professionally supported, consistent mentoring precludes the need for expensive & extensive social & law enforcement intervention later in the youth's life. According to Be a Mentor.org, the combined cost of a mentored youth per year is approximately $1,500 compared to $20,000 for a youth to receive drug/alcohol treatment in a single year; & more than 130 times ($200,000) for a youth in the juvenile justice system. The cost of identifying, making & supporting a BBBSCFL match is $1,500 a year.BBBSCFL has a long history of success. We acknowledge there have been times that have been financially & programmatically challenging. The agency’s inability to maintain & grow its revenue base has continued to be a concern. After completing our 2017 annual audit, board leadership traveled to Tampa to update the National Office on the agency’s performance & current revenue challenges. The executive committee engaged in research, consultation & deliberations regarding the future of BBBSCFL. Moving forward we need to recruit & energize diverse board members who fund raise & steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, & legal governance & financial management policies, as well as, making sure we have adequate resources to advance our mission. BBBSCFL also has new development staff on board to expand income & services.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ed Schrank

Plan B Holdings

Term: 2018 - 2020

Arne Haak

Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc.

Ed Schrank

Plan B Holdings

Shannon Elswick

University of Central Florida-Executive in Residence

Eric Miles

Bank of New York Mellon

Brian Lawrence

Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.

Jay Hanna

Hanna Group

John Goodner

Hoar Construction

Jordan Ostroff

Jordan Law

Alex Corzo

Vishwanath Ramachandran

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Bryan Zebleckes

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