Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star

Together, We Are Defenders of Potential.

Irving, TX   |  www.bbbstx.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide children with strong and enduring professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in the program achieving: Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships; Avoidance of risky behaviors; Educational success.

Ruling year info

1956

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Pierce Bush

Main address

450 E. John Carpenter Freeway Suite 300

Irving, TX 75062 USA

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Formerly known as

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston

EIN

75-0800632

NTEE code info

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BBBS leverages one-to-one mentoring to help youth overcome adversity and realize their potential. For example: • 1 out of every 4 Texas children lives in poverty. For Latino (33%) and Black (32%) children that number is greater. Poverty is the greatest threat to youth well-being as it impedes learning and contributes to social/behavioral problems. • More than 33% of children in our service area live in a single-parent household. Lacking support, they are more likely to drop out of school, have or cause a teen pregnancy, or experience divorce in adulthood. • One out of every 4 Texas students drop out of school. Compared to graduates, dropouts are less likely to be employed, will earn less, more likely to be on welfare, and to be incarcerated. • 21% of high school seniors get high and 41% of the same group report drinking alcohol. This results in drunk driving, poor grades/attendance and anti-social/violent behavior.

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?

One-to-One Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters safely and intentionally pairs local children, known as "Littles", with caring adult volunteers, known as "Bigs", to form one-to-one, life-changing mentoring friendships. The result of these mentoring relationships are powerful and the outcomes show it: having a mentor helps to encourage educational success, avoid risky behaviors, build confidence and character, and inspire children to reach their full potential in school and in life.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

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.

The mission of BBBS Lone Star is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. BBBS Lone Star seeks to defend, ignite and encourage the potential that each child possesses to be successful in life. It partners with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold themselves accountable for children in its program achieving the following three primary goals:
• Educational Success
• Higher Aspirations, Greater Confidence and Better Relationships
• Avoid/Reduce Risky Behaviors

In the BBBS evidence-based model, matches are safe and well suited to each child’s needs, harmonious and built to last. The entire process, from the initial screening to the final pairing—and beyond—is strategically designed and supported. Critical success factors include:
• Developing strong partnerships with schools and community organizations;
• Being strategic about recruiting mentors and checking their background for safety;
• Using a rigorous screening process to select mentors who are safe, reliable, compassionate, and able to commit to seeing their Little regularly for at least a year;
• Providing high-quality training for mentors so that they are well equipped for success;
• Making “smart” matches to increase the likelihood of the mentor and mentee developing a close, healthy, supportive relationship;
• Providing professional support to mentors to help them be effective and resolve issues that arise;
• Sustaining Big-Little relationships over time to have the greatest imp

BBBS understands that to achieve organizational goals it takes sustained effort and a sold approach. Lone Star has clearly defined its goals, through its strategic plan and operational plan and standards of practice. Every person in the organization has the educated level of understanding and a strong commitment to the goals and their achievement. Employees participate in weekly organized meetings to discuss key progress indicators related to the goals in order to remain attentive to the essential business of the organization. The organization regularly focuses on building block initiatives the help to make the end goals a reality. Each time one of these initiatives is completed it is celebrated by the organization. The organization has made significant strides using this approach.

Researchers have found that children involved in BBBS programs are 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to use illegal drugs, and 27% less likely to use alcohol. The improvements in Littles’ risk avoidance, socio-emotional competence, and educational success are associated with longer-term impacts such as increased high school graduation rates, avoidance of juvenile delinquency, and improved college/job readiness.

Other studies on show:
• Improved self-esteem and self confidence
• Improved relationships with parents, teachers, peers
• Improved behavior at home and at school
• Decreased likelihood of drug and alcohol use
• Increased participation in extracurricular activities
• Higher educational aspirations

Based on its 2016 Strategic Plan BBBS continues to successfully work toward:
• Measuring program outcomes and demonstrate value proposition
• Broadening community engagement
• Improving financial health
• Expanding and enhance service delivery
• Optimizing internal

Financials

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Operations

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

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star

Board of directors
as of 06/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Steve McDaniel