Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, Inc. Overview
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Programs: In 1998, BBBS of NE Florida took a bold step forward in leading the Jacksonville community by launching a program in partnership with the NE Florida Mentoring Coalition called "The Kesler Mentoring Connection". The Delores Kesler Pass Foundation provided a first year lead gift of $100,000. Other partner funding agencies include the United Way of Northeast Florida and the Jacksonville Children's Commission. KMC will provide recruitment, screening, training and placement services for mentors and mentoring agencies throughout NE Florida. In 1994, BBBS of Northeast FL Jacksonville became a pioneer in the "school-based" mentoring effort. In our "Bigs in Schools" program, we take at-risk children, referred by the school, and match that child with an adult mentor. In this way, we are helping to better educate the at-risk child by spending 1-to-1 developmental time with that child for 1 hour each week. At the same time, our program allows the teacher to focus time on helping the other children in the classroom environment. Children of Promise is our third program that targets children with one or more parents incarcerated in state or federal prison. It is a "faith-based" program, recruiting volunteers from churches, synagogues and other religious organizations although anyone can volunteer.
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