BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF ALASKA

TOGETHER, WE ARE DEFENDERS OF POTENTIAL

aka Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska   |   Anchorage, AK   |  http://www.bbbsak.org

Mission

Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. We serve youth throughout Alaska with offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Mat-Su.

Ruling year info

2003

Chief Executive Officer

Heather Harris

Main address

1057 West Fireweed Lane Suite 202

Anchorage, AK 99503 USA

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EIN

80-0064172

NTEE code info

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nationwide, research shows that more than 8.5 million youth grow up without a mentor. Our goal is that every youth who wants a mentor gets one. Most Littles who participate in our programs live in single-parent homes, are in the foster care system, or have faced trauma through exposure to abuse, neglect, family violence, or substance abuse. Many are also on a path that puts them at risk of justice system involvement. Youth who participate in our programs benefit from a mentoring relationship by doing better in school, avoiding risky behaviors and relationships, having better relationships with parents and peers and avoiding criminal behaviors.

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

This is our traditional program in which adult mentors are paired with youth ages 6-16, with the commitment to see each other 2-4 times per month for at least a year. Each match is selected by our team based on shared interests, preferences, and personality. Matches plan their own outings filled with things they like to do, like sports, creating arts and crafts, or hiking. Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.

Population(s) Served

Adult and high school mentors meet with their Little at locations such as youth centers or schools. Most Site-based programs are located at schools. During the school year, they meet at their Little’s elementary school, during school hours. This is not a tutoring program, rather the focus is on social/emotional activities. Of course, some Littles do talk with their mentors about class, or do homework, or read together, but it’s perfectly fine to shoot hoops in the gym or play on the playground. At the end of the day, it’s really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance, and inspiring them to reach their potential.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 youth who demonstrate that they have developed social skills (e.g., interpersonal communication, conflict resolution)

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Based off of the number of youth who took a follow-up survey each corresponding year. The percentage of youth who demonstrated that they have developed social skills is an average of 70%.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they avoid risky behaviors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Based off of the number of youth who took a follow-up survey each corresponding year. The percentage of youth who demonstrated avoidance of risky behaviors is an average of 82% each year reported.

Number of youth who demonstrate that their school attendance has improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Based off of the number of youth who took a follow-up survey each corresponding year. The average is 65% of youth report their school attendance has improved each year.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed positive relationships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Based off of the number of youth who took a follow-up survey each corresponding year. An average of 90% of youth demonstrated developing a special relationship with an adult each year reported.

Number of youth mentored

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Due to decreased state and federal grants, we closed four offices. Although our numbers have decreased, we continue to grow in our active communities. We remain committed to serving Alaska's youth.

Number of mentors recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Due to decreased state and federal grants, we closed four offices. Although our numbers have decreased, we continue to grow in our active communities. We remain committed to serving Alaska's youth.

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.

Our goal is that every youth who wants a mentor gets one.

We serve youth through two primary program options: (1) community-based and (2) site-based.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska is staffed with professionals dedicated to the mission of igniting potential in Alaska's youth.

Our 2018 Alaska statewide study tells us that:
• 98% of Alaska Littles say they have higher academic expectations
• 96% say they feel more socially accepted
• 88% say they are more trusted by their parents
• 82% say they are more likely to avoid or reduce risky behaviors
• 76% say their grades have improved

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?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

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 OF ALASKA

Board of directors
as of 09/25/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Larry Persily

UAA School of Journalism and Public Communication


Board co-chair

Yuliya McDaniel

BP

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? Yes