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Big Brothers Big Sisters School Report for Polk County
 

Big Brothers Big Sisters School Report for Polk County

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Read about the amazing outcomes achieved from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay's Bigs In School Program.

Read about the amazing outcomes achieved from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay's Bigs In School Program.

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    Big Brothers Big Sisters School Report for Polk County Big Brothers Big Sisters School Report for Polk County Presentation Transcript

    • Bigs In Schools A partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and the School District of Polk County. Polk County
    • Mentoring, by definition…
      • The Florida Department of Education (DOE) has embraced the following operational definition for mentoring:
      • “ A mentor is a caring person, either an adult or an older youth, giving a specified period of time to a youth in Florida’s schools or through a coordinated out-of-school, specified mentoring program. A mentor volunteers to work with a youth to help him/her succeed academically or in life, through tutoring, aid in goal-setting, counseling, advising and/or educating either one-to-one or in a small group setting.”
          • (Office of Family and Community Outreach/DOE and the Governor's Mentoring Initiative Office 12/2003)
      • Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission:
      • “To help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measurable impact.”
    • A history of success:
      • Big Brothers Big Sisters launched its School Based Mentoring Initiative with DOE in 1999 aiming to reach academically under-performing children. Utilizing our hallmark one-to-one mentoring program and our network of professionally supported, screened and trained mentors, we have provided academic and social/emotional support to 1548 Polk County schoolchildren during the last nine years.
      • In the 2007-2008 school year, 271 children were provided Big Brothers or Big Sisters in 17 partnership schools across the county (a 10% increase over last year).
      • Twenty students from Polk County high schools volunteered to serve as Big Brothers or Big Sisters to children in nearby elementary schools. Participating high schools were Lake Region and Lake Wales.
      • Babson Park
      • Chain of Lakes
      • Crystal Lake
      • Dixieland
      • Garner
      • Gibbons Street
      • Highland City
      • Hillcrest
      • Janie Howard Wilson
      • Jesse Keene
      • Lime Street
      • Oscar J. Pope
      • Pinewood
      • Polk Avenue
      • Southwest
      • Spook Hill
      • Wagner
      BBBS/Partner Schools
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      • The Bigs In School program provides solid outcomes:
      • 97% of the children mentored by Big Brothers Big Sisters improved or maintained academic performance.
      • 95% improved or maintained school attendance.
      • 96% improved behavioral evaluations.
      • 96% were promoted to the next grade level.
      • 88% of the children mentored by Big Brothers Big Sisters in Polk County increased in levels of self-confidence
      An Investment Resulting in a Solution…
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    • Dollar Value of BBBS Resources
      • Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer Hours 5,691
      • Value per Hour* $19.51
      • Total Value of Volunteer Support Through BBBS $111,031.41
      • Countywide in-kind
      • contributions & local
      • matching funds $86,509.00
      • Program Value $197,540.41
      • *Source: www.independentsector.org
    • Demographics; Polk Children Served
      • Proven, turn-key efficient system that is cost-effective and reliable (average cost of a match is $1000 per year)
      • Builds, supports, and maintains partnerships between schools, teachers, counselors and children
      • Designates a local case management team in every school
      • Recruits, screens, and trains volunteers with safety in mind
      • Handles day-to-day oversight to ensure smooth operation and monitor program quality as well as student progress: oversees matches, support teachers
      • Provides reports and updates on student achievement
      BBBS: Reliable Program Management
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