Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay

Contact Information

711 S Dale Mabry Hwy
Ste 300
Tampa, FL 33609 - 4400
(352) 464-4470
FY 2017 RSVP Expansion Competition

Executive Summary

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay's (BBBSTB) mission of mentoring is clear and simple in scope, but complex in its holistic approach to bettering the outcomes of the youth. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We achieve this by partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, donors and other stakeholders in the community and holding ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving: (i) higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships, (ii) avoidance of risky behaviors, and (iii) educational success. BBBSTB has been providing one-to-one mentoring services since 1964, and strengthening our communities through these high-quality, life-enriching, one-to-one relationships for children, by pairing them with caring, screened, trained, and professionally supported adult volunteers. Today, our mentoring programs are evidence-based and outcome driven.

All volunteers under the RSVP Expansion Grant will engage in one-to-one mentoring in either a community or school-based setting. Volunteers will make a commitment of at least one year, though most matches last longer. School-based volunteers will serve at one of the two schools already engaged in Sumter County, FL (volunteer stations), and BBBSTB will serve as the station for community-based mentoring. The primary focus area of this project is Education, specifically serving economically disadvantaged children. At the end of this three year grant, a minimum of seventy-five children will have been served in school and community-based mentoring, with the outcome of improved academic engagement. The federal investment of $75,000 will be supplemented by $28,895 (27.8%) in non-federal funding.

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