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Big Brothers Big Sisters to Mark National Mentoring Month with Nation's First Forum on Mentoring to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 16, 2013 01:10 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 200 youth services providers, philanthropists, policy makers, educators and juvenile justice professionals will gather in Washington D.C. to learn from experts, practitioners, researchers, mentors and mentees how mentoring is helping children who have been incarcerated, are in foster care, or are truant and chronically absent.
Mentoring Partners in Action: Successful Children & Safer Communities, hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to mark National Mentoring Month, will take place from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 23, at the Marriot Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. Hosts include former Little Brother and two-time Super Bowl champion Darin Smith, MBA, and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler, whose father was incarcerated when she was a teen. The forum's pre-event reception on January 22, sponsored by Lifetime TV, will honor Big Brothers Big Sisters alumni, including Lifetime's Teen Trouble host Josh Shipp. At the reception, hip-hop artist, EVE, will debut her new song, part of a fundraising and male mentor recruitment effort she is launching to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. The forum comes on the eve of MENTOR's Washington, D.C. Mentoring Works: Inspire Achieve Advocate summit.
"Every year more than 1.6 million children under the age of 18 enter the juvenile justice system. Juvenile crime has a negative impact on all Americans," said Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Charles Pierson. "Big Brothers Big Sisters is an intervention that reduces delinquency; strengthens families and communities; protects public safety; and saves taxpayer dollars."
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation's largest network of youth mentoring agencies, carefully screens and pairs volunteers in one-to-one matches with youth who face adversity. Independent studies and real-time Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Study™ data find youth enrolled in the program improve in school; their behavior and their self-esteem. According to 2011 Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey data, 83.5 percent of youth in the community-based mentoring matches and 73.4 percent in school-based programs maintained or improved in educational success; risky behavior avoidance, and socio-emotional competency. These outcomes are consistent with longstanding independent research.
Goals of the forum include:
By providing ongoing match support and services for volunteers, mentees and families, Big Brothers Big Sisters keeps mentoring going strong long-term – on average, more than 26 months for community mentoring and 15 months for school and site-based mentoring
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization's 100-year history. With about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families. The organization is engaged in a nationwide search to reunite with alumni mentors, mentees, donors, and family, staff and board members. Learn more at BigBrothersBigSisters.org
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