Ken Shelton- Enrollment and Matching Specialist
(509)328-8310 ex 214
Melissa Smith- Fundraising Events Coordinator & Development Associate
(509)328-8310 ex 223
Stephanie Parzuchowski-Community-Based Match Support Specialist
Alonda Moran-Community-Based Match Support Specialist
41.6 The national average for a length of a match is 22 months
the average length of a match in months in the Inland Northwest
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
All children achieve success in life.
The national average for a length of a match is 22 months
By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community, we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:
higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
avoidance of risky behaviors
Our Program Starts Something
Here is the proof! In 1995 a nation-wide scientific study of the Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based program showed that children matched to a Big Brother or Big Sister are:
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
27% less likely to begin using alcohol
52% less likely to skip school
37% less likely to skip a class
more confident of their performance in schoolwork
one-third less likely to hit someone
getting along better with their families
An additional study of the school-based mentoring program has shown that of all children matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister in school:
58% improved their school performance
65% showed higher levels of self-confidence
55% had a better attitude toward school
Key Findings of BBBS Alumni
A 2008 Harris Interactive Research Study of adults who were formerly Little Brothers and Little Sisters culminated the following results:
90% agree that their Big made them feel better about themselves
76% learned right from wrong from their Big
72% are extremely satisfied with their relationship to friends
77% agree that their Big helped them make better choices
65% believe their Big helped them reach a higher level of education
77% did better in school than their peers
90% believe their Big provided stability when they needed it
76% learned about the importance of helping others from their Big
75% more likely to earn a four-year college degree
Community and School-Based Mentoring
Community-based Mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship. Its all about one-on-one time spent with the volunteer and the young person doing things they enjoy 2 to 4 hours for 2 to 4 times a month with shared interests and activities like: shooting hoops, baking, playing a board game or hanging out and talking.
Our School-Based Program
In site-based mentoring programs, volunteers and children meet for one-to-one mentoring in the classroom, school library, school computer room, neighborhood community center, or other set location. Volunteers and children meet one lunch hour a week to read together, play sports or computer games, or simply talk about life and personal issues just as friends do.
Bowl for Kids Sake - Bowl for Kids' Sake is a fun and easy way to positively impact a child's life right here in our community! It is Big Brothers Big Sisters' signature fundraising campaign. Each year, community members come together to raise money and support Big Brothers Big Sisters in their effort to help children.
You can be part of something BIG in your community by participating in the campaign!
Benefit Breakfast - 239 people attended the 2011 Benefit Breakfast and contributed over $81,000 to support for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest.
At the breakfast, our guests got to hear from some great spreakers and how the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program has affected them and why they choose to support the organization.
Save the Date for the 2012 Event!
The 2012 event will be held on Friday, November 2nd. You can become a Table Captain or a Guest! Or maybe your company wants to sponsor the event? Contact us and let us know how you want to be involved:
(509) 328-8310 x223