MetLife Foundation Funding to Help Big Brothers Big Sisters Promote Positive Academic Outcomes for Hispanic Children
Grant Brings MetLife Foundation’s Support to $2Million for Network’s Hispanic Mentoring Program
Tucson Arizona February 25, 2014 –MetLife Foundation’s continued financial support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson with a $18,500 grant will enable it to expand its services to meet the needs of Hispanic children and families. Since 2008, MetLife Foundation has contributed a total of $2million nationally, including this year’s grant, to Big Brothers Big Sisters to bring the benefits of its evidence-based mentoring services to the nation’s growing Hispanic population. Today’s grant will help 20 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies nationwide expand their work with Hispanic youth and engage Hispanic parents in strengthening their children’s academic outcomes.
“We’re extremely excited that the grant enhances our efforts to engage families, provide educational resources to address cultural gaps, provide critical education-system knowledge, and deliver resources to prepare mentees for college,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Pierson. “We hold ourselves accountable for helping children who face adversity succeed in school, have greater aspirations and avoid delinquency and risky and behaviors to achieve lifelong success. Funding enables us to create and professionally support the one-to-one safe, strong, enduring mentoring relationships that contribute to these outcomes.”
While the 2013 – 2014 grant focuses on family engagement and educational outcomes, it will also enable Big Brother Big Sisters agencies to continue to provide training sessions, communications strategies, and tools to help the mentoring organizations go beyond simple translation to overcome language and cultural barriers, which will enhance their ability to provide proven mentoring services to Latino children, families and volunteers. MetLife Foundation funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Hispanic Mentoring program will support the work of 20 local agencies with more than 15,000 children nationwide.
“Regular interaction with caring adults is a vital part of young people’s development,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “We are pleased to expand our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters in bringing the benefits of its proven mentoring programs to the country’s growing Hispanic youth population and in engaging Hispanic parents in their children’s education.”
New Census Bureau data shows that in the past 10 years, the U.S. Latino population grew 43 percent and now comprises 16 percent of the total population, accounting for more than half the nation’s population growth since 2000. Big Brothers Big Sisters developed its Hispanic mentoring program after learning through qualitative research that to better serve Hispanic children, families and volunteers, the organization must be more culturally-sensitive in the delivery of its services. Today, Hispanic children represent about 22 percent of the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters nationwide.
About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation was established by MetLife in 1976 to carry on its longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Its grants support health, education, civic and cultural programs. In youth development, the foundation funds initiatives that promote mentoring and increase constructive activities and safe places for young people, particularly while they are not at school. For more information about the foundation, visit www.metlife.org.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 110 year history. With nearly 340 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves approximately 600,000 children, volunteers and families. The organization is engaged in a nationwide search to reunite with alumni mentors, mentees, donors, and family, staff and board members. Learn more at www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org or www.LatinoBigs.org
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