Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area
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Issues: Children & Youth
Location: 1763 Columbia Road, NW Ste 175 Washington DC 20009 USA
Programs: Big Brothers Big Sisters' One-To-One Community-Based Services comprise a positive, broad-based program, which focuses on meeting a child's basic developmental needs. Mentors are engaged from the community, local businesses and corporations, civic groups, high schools and colleges, the military and service clubs. Services to Single Parents - providing vital services, including advocacy, crisis intervention and resource referrals by professional casework staff members, to single parents and their families is a primary component of Big Brothers Big Sisters' mission. Programs include A)Big Brothers Big Sisters In Schools - pairs an at-risk child with a carefully screened and matched mentor who meets with the child once a week during or immediately after school. B) Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based matches meet weekly for at least four hours. A "Big" is a friend and mentor to a child at-risk. C)Hermanos y Hermanas Mayores Latino Outreach Initiative aims to assist Latino youth to develop into responsible adults through bilingual mentors; D) Amachi Faith-Based Initiative provides faith-based mentors for children of parents who are incarcerated. E. Building Positive Futures Program has a teen pregnancy prevention focus and is open to at-risk children from 10-14 years old. A variety of teaching methods engage the young participants in individual and group activities in this after-school health curriculum. F. "Pass It On" Diversity Recruitment Campaign recruits mentors who reflect our culturally diverse metropolitan area and engages mentors who are interested in "passing on" important cultural values and traditions to children in need.
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