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.
I have been a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2002. It is a great organization and I am so proud to be part of it. I have been matched with my little sister since she was just 7 years old (she will be 17 in August). I hope to be continue to be part of this great organization for many years to come!!
I have been with Big Brothers Big Sisters since December 2010 and I have had an incredible experience. I have not only developed a close relationship with my big, but I feel like I'm part of an amazing family. Communication is very open and I feel like I matter. I am contacted often regarding my little and how we can help him. Working together with someone else who has also taken interest in my little has been a very rewarding experience.
Being a new empty-nester, BBBS has allowed me to continue to share my love of children, without the responsibility of round the clock motherhood. I am able to share in the direction of my Little by spending no more than five hours a week to get so much back! I am able to experience my own city that I have spent the last 20 years in through new eyes and see it again for the first time. My Little has helped me deal with a very difficult part of my life by bringing the love and happiness that children bring. I am very thankful for BBBS!
BBBS is an excellent organization that matches children in need of a mentor with adults interested in mentoring kids. BBBS provides excellent activities for the Big and the Little to do together such as free admission to the Miami Museum of Science, sports activities, bowling parties and the like. They also provide free tickets to movie premieres, Vizcaya and other places of interest in the community. Each Big is paired with a case manager to make sure all needs are being met.
I have been and am still actively engaged in serving the youth of our communities for many, many years. I understand completely the importance of becoming engaged and involved via hands on mentoring and or intervention by answering the call to and sharing of time with a young male or female who is truly wanting the experience, guidance, friendship and love of a "Big" ... Attending the recent Impact Breakfast certainly reinforced my feelings that I have been Blessed with an opportunity via BBBS to have a positive impact on the life of a "Little" The committment of the BBBS staff and volunteers alike, have been nothing short of awe inspiring and motivating.... My simple belief and Mantra is that "Together, we all can make Difference in the lives of our most precious resource....our Youth"Peace & Blessings, Dwayne
Since 2003 I introduced my children to the BBBS program, and they loved it. Finally about 2 years later they were matched and they loved their Big, however they are now 16, 18, & 20 years old and they still love their Big and still keep in contact. It made such a big impact on their lives, until one day I ask, (can i become a big sister) and she said of course, so I did all the paperwork and finally got an interview and as of Jan 2012 I am now a big sister and I love it. And I hope that I can make such impact on my little like my children big made on them. Shout out to Mr & Mrs. Stouffer ( we love you guys)... Thank you BBBS of Greater Miami
I have been a Big Brother for my Little Brother Darius for over 7 years. Not only has the BBBS program helped Darius immensely, it has also given me an indescribable sense of accomplishment and pride in the wonderful young man that Darius has grown into.