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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Greater Miami, founded in 1958, is a volunteer and donor based youth mentoring organization, serving children, ages 5-18, with positive adult role models.

Programs: Our "mentoring menu of program services" includes: community-based program: our "signature" program; big brothers big sisters provide one-to-one mentoring, a few hours a couple of times a month. "school-based program: one-to-one mentoring that takes place at school one hour per week. School to work program: employee mentors are paired with high school students at their worksites for four hours a month during the school year. At present, there are 50 corporate partners that support this innovative program. Special programs: we have other program options available, such as group mentoring, big fitness, bigs in blue, bigs in red & mentoring children of promise (a targeted program that provides a mentor for children with an incarcerated parent). The mentoring resource center (mrc), a division of bbbs, provides training, consultation and volunteer referral services for a network of 30-50 agencies who serve children in need. All matches are carefully screened and supervised by our team of professional social workers. All services are free to the volunteers and children, who are encouraged to take advantage of the free tickets and social/educational activities that are offered to help make the "match" a truly unforgettable experience. National research projects include: thrive youth-centered match support study (federal funding through the office of juvenile justice delinquency prevention to big brothers big sisters of america). This three- year project (2011-2014) is a partnership with bbbsa & university of illinois-chicago and the thrive foundation. Big brothers big sisters of greater miami is one of 11 sites participating in this project. The mentoring enhancement grant (meg) is a 3-year project (2012-2015) in partnership with broward/palm beach/martin county bbbs agencies. Bbbs of greater miami serves as the fiscal/program lead. Bbbsgm is one of 10 sites across the country participating in this national project that includes an external evaluation/research component. Bbbsgm received a state of florida department of education performance based grant that will serve the booker t washington feeder pattern schools. This 1. 5 million award (through june 2014) is in collaboration with miami-dade county public schools, florida international university, catalyst miami, the parent academy, office of education transformation, and the office of community engagement. Through these various programs, we served over 6,000 children, parents and volunteers during fiscal year 2013-2014. A total of 2,124 matches were served during the year. Our waiting list continues to exceed 1,000 children due to the increasing demands in the community and the effects of the economic recession in our community. Other impact stats include: bbbs programs provided almost 10,000 youth with a big brother or a big sister in the past five years, positively impacting their lives, their families and our community. The class of 2014 was our largest graduating class ever231 youth. 95% of our "class of 2014" bbbs graduates are planning to attend college. Over 1. 2m in scholarships were awarded to bbbs youth over the past 5 years with many attending top ranked universities in the u. S. When asked about the impact of big brothers big sisters in their lives, most graduates respond by saying, 'they saved me' or 'i will be the first in my family to go to college and achieve my dreams. ' the life-long impact of our program has been proven through independent research and through our ongoing outcome based programming where we survey and baseline our kids before and after they are matched. The results demonstrate that kids in the bbbsgm program perform better in school, relate better to their peers, gain self confidence, stay away from drugs and alcohol and many go to graduate high school and go on to college or continuing education program. Bbbsgm has been deemed an evidence based youth prevention program" in miami dade county and from the office of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Joey E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization that matched me with a perfect child which makes the experience easy and fantastic! They follow up all the time and have events going constantly so we have different things to do!
Kind, friendly, positive, can't get better than that!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The entire experience for me has been great. I have had the opportunity to meet a little girl that will forever be in my heart. I am very pleased with my experience and will definitely be a part of this program for a long time to come.

Joshua S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well, I now have my first little brother ever. I'm an only child. So I've always looked up to adults for insights on life as I had no older brother to fill that role. For the first time, someone might be looking up to me. It's exhilarating and a responsibility, too. I have a lot to learn from my little bro who is lives in a low-income environment, but is super smart and deserves the same opportunities as any other young adult. I look forward to sharing mutual life-lesson experiences with him in his teen years and beyond. Big Brothers/Big Sisters makes that possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. I've been with them for a year and i enjoy spending time with my little. She is fun and we have alot in common. This is a great organization and they do a great deal for this kids in our community.

Mikala M.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Moving to a new city can be a difficult time. I have always had a passion for giving back to the community and was fortunate to be a part of a big family where I fell in the middle among my siblings. With being from a big family there was always someone for me to look up to and I know that not everyone has that, so I decided to be that for someone else. Big Brothers Big Sister gives me the opportunity to do just that and so far I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of having a little!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a Big Brother (mentor) and I've been paired with my Little Brother for 3 1/2 great years. He was 8 when we met; now he's 12. To sum up our friendship - as much as I feel like he has grown through our time together, I've grown just as much, if not more. I'm more grateful for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) than I could ever express. On a macro level, for decades, they've moved mountains in the lives of children all over, and on a personal, they've introduced me to a friend for life. Incidentally, I met my girlfriend, who is a Big Sister to another child, through BBBS, also 3 1/2 years ago. We've been together pretty much since then, and I'll be proposing to her in August (you're invited to the proposal, invitation attached). Of all volunteer experiences that I've ever had, BBBS has changed MY life the most, far and away.

Jorge3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with BBBS- Greater Miami was wonderful. Everyone i met at the office was very friendly and helpful. My Match specialist Priya was very knowledgeable about the program and also what it takes to be a Big. She spoke from experience and gave sound advice. She helped address my concerns and made me feel ready and up for the challenge of being a Big. I was also impressed with how closely BBBS and its staff like Priya work with the families in the community and help them find Bigs that would be the best fit for their children. This is overall a great organization and I recommend it to anyone who is ready for the challenge.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've enjoyed my experience with BBBS. The management and staff has been extremely supportive and informative, and I've truly felt that they are 100% committed to changing the lives of the children enrolled in the program. Each time I've had a question or concern, BBBS has gone above and beyond in regards to advising me on my current situation and helping me communicate with my Little's parent. My time with my Little has been enjoyable also. Although I'm frequently frustrated with some of his bad habits, I'm confident that spending time with him has helped him see a world that he is not currently exposed to - and although slowly - he has been changing his behavior for the better. I would recommend this program to my friends and family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been involved with BBBS of Greater Miami for about a month now, and it is something that I will never regret doing. It has been an amazing experience so far, and my Little Sister is truly something special. She comes from a family of poverty, but by the way she acts and the way she dreams, you'd never know. She is only 13, but is very wise in her years because of her situation, and I know that in the future she will be extremely successful. After a month I realize that I joined the program thinking I was going to change someone elses life, but instead, she is slowly changing mine.

Myra C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a Big Sister for 8 years and have been matched twice. My first Little SIster just turned 21 years old in May. We were matched since she was 13 years old. My experience with Sam has been amazing. She is a part of my family and I couldn't imagine my life without her. My second match was in the School-based program. I was matched with a Little Sister that was repeating the 3rd grade because she failed the FCAT. I'm happy to report that she just graduated from the 5th grade. Being a mentor has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It has taught me the real value of "time". Everyone has the ability to positiviely impact the life of a child. I thank Big Brothers Big Sisters for giving me the gift of friendship.