Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)


  • Name:Ms. Barbara Stuart
  • Title:Research and Grants Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
  • Address:1382 Peachtree Street, NE
    Atlanta, GA 30309
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:404-601-7063

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  • Mission:
  • Our Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

  • Overview:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) accomplishes its mission by serving at-risk youth through our core programs: Community-Based Mentoring (CBM) and School-Based Mentoring (SBM). Under this umbrella, BBBSMA wraparound programs includes: (1) Mentoring Toward College (MTC) which is a comprehensive, curriculum-based program designed to promote academic success and college readiness; (2) Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCP) serves children of incarcerated parents who are more vulnerable to adversity; and (3) Hispanic Mentoring Program (HMP) serves children from a home where Spanish is the primary spoken language.

    Our approach requires mentors to undergo extensive screening, training, and to make a minimum 12-month commitment to increase the chances of creating a strong, consistent relationship which can facilitate long-term results. During the match relationship, we stress the importance of at least weekly contact, including face to face visits, phone calls, and e-mails, between the mentor and mentee. To provide intensive support, BBBSMA's staff creates an individualized match plan for every mentee, and monitors the relationship to ensure that programs are having the intended impact.

    BBBSMA targets low-income, low performing and high-risk students and families in metro Atlanta to connect them with trained mentors who assist them in achieving increased academic improvement and access to college. Eighty-one percent of the children that BBBSMA serve are from low income families, 20% are children of imprisoned parents, and 80% are from single parent homes. An estimated 80% of parents of this vulnerable group of youth never went to college.

    Research shows that children with these risk factors find it more difficult to excel in school and are at a greater risk of academic failure and dropping out of school. Youth in the metro Atlanta area, who are most likely from disadvantaged backgrounds and low-income homes, need significant academic support. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported in 2011 that the Georgia passing rate was 77.7 percent among eighth-graders who must pass the math portion of the CRCT to be promoted to ninth grade. In the metro Atlanta area, the passing rate was 65.9 percent for Atlanta Public Schools, 68.3 percent for Clayton and 65.8 percent for DeKalb.

    Since 1999, BBBSMA has addressed the academic needs of at-risk youth by successfully implementing the SBM program in the Fulton County, Cobb County, and Atlanta City Public Schools. This program has now expanded to Gwinnett and Clayton Counties. The success of our existing school-based programs provided the genesis for the Mentoring Academic Partnerships (MAP) program. In 2007, BBBSMA received a three-year grant in the amount of $1.3 million from the US Department of Education for the MAP grant, which provided mentors, social development, and academic guidance to 700 high-risk, high poverty students. Objectives for this grant were to improve school engagement and decrease misconduct. This program provided mentors, social development, and academic guidance to 700 high-risk, high poverty students. Out of 700 students which BBBSMA examined from 2007-2011 through this grant, the following results were achieved: 54% had sustained improvement in their grade point average (GPA) over three years; 86% met/exceeded proficiency goals on Georgia’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) English, Language, and Arts (ELA) test; 87% met/exceeded proficiency on CRCT Reading tests; and 86% students had no disciplinary records during mentoring relationship. In 2008, BBBSMA developed MTC to promote scholastic improvement and provide college access.

    In alignment with Newell Rubbermaid's initiative, BBBSMA’s MTC program promotes academic achievement and college readiness to ensure on-time graduation and college matriculation for our youth ages 6-18. We provide a comprehensive grade-specific curriculum and activities for children in grades 4-8, such as developing good homework habits to improve their academic skills. Youth in grades 9-12 participate in workshops, college tours, and develop strategies with mentors and staff to successfully transition to the next grade and to college.

    BBBSMA's programs address the needs of children in metro Atlanta who do not have a trusted role model to support their personal, social and academic growth by providing trained mentors who advocate for their educational success.

  • History:
  • Founded in 1960, BBBSMA has become the premier one-to-one mentoring organization in the Southeast and one of the most successful and diverse affiliates of national organization. BBBSMA's service area includes 12 metro Atlanta counties: Butts, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale. In 52 years, BBBSMA has served over 70,000 metro Atlanta children facing adversity, predominately from low income, and single parent minority families. Since 1992, the agency has grown from serving over 800 mentoring matches to serving 3,389 matches in 2011. BBBSMA has a strong track record of success utilizing evidence-based mentoring strategies that are particularly effective at promoting resilience and reducing risk factors for children facing severe adversity.

    The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) organization was founded in New York, NY in 1904, and today the national network has 350 affiliates throughout the U.S. The BBBS organization's core programs impact the positive development of children who demonstrate statistically significant improvements in educational achievement, avoidance of destructive behavior, and social and emotional growth, which empowers them to achieve lifelong success. The Atlanta agency has impacted the national organization by creating an internal technology (IT) management system which the national agency and its affiliates have adopted to provide greater effectiveness and efficiency for thousands of volunteers and youth served across the country. As one of the largest and most successful affiliates in the network, BBBSMA was recognized by the national agency as a Gold Standard agency for 2010 and 2011 based on exceptional program outcomes. It was also recognized as the "2011 Large Market Agency of the Year," cementing its standing as a premier organization in the national affiliate network.

    The BBBS national organization was named the #1 nonprofit, nationwide, for addressing the needs of at-risk youth by Guidestar's Philanthropedia in 2011. Researchers have noted that affiliates offer “well-run, carefully monitored programs with clear objectives” (Grossman & Johnson, 1999). Affiliates of BBBS are required to adopt standards of the national organization and adhere to best practices in mentoring. Furthermore, the Big Brothers Big Sisters model has been recognized by OJJDP and other government agencies as a model prevention program.

    BBBSMA has systematically and historically collected and evaluated data on the at-risk and high-risk youth that it serves. As an affiliate of the national BBBS agency, BBBSMA has a strong track record in evaluating the success of its programs. When a child enrolls in the MTC program, a customized academic plan is created based on a set of baseline survey and school data (surveys, grades, attendance, and behavior records). These data are utilized throughout the length of the match to track progress towards both social and educational goals that matches create at the outset of the match. Youth outcomes are tracked and statistically measured using a pre- and post-test methodology that allows the agency to determine the effectiveness of its wide range of programs.

  • Year established:1960
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:21
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:39

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
    Ms. Meredith Leapley, Leapley Construction Group of Atlanta, LLC; BBBSMA Board Chair

    Mr. Dan Gordon, AMB Group, LLC; BBBSMA Board Treasurer/ Chair Finance Committee

    Mr. Ron Stewart, Flip Burger Boutique LLC; BBBSMA Chair Resource Devleopment Committee

    Mr. Mark Tipton, Georgia Commerce Bank, BBBSMA Board Secretary/Co-Chair Governance Committtee

    Mr. George Jones, BBBSMA Chair Program Committee

    Mr. Stephen Sullivan, KPMG; BBBSMA Co-Chair Governance Committtee

    Ms. Ellen Turner, TurnerBoone Contracts, BBBSMA Relocation Task Force


    Mr. Ted Bruno, Progressive Wire & Cable

    Ms Deborah Riley Draper, BBDO Atlanta

    Ms Katherine Fritts, Ernst & Young LLP

    Ms. Sandy Gordon, Delta Air Lines

    Mr. Doug Herrington, Coca-Cola Refreshments

    Mr. A.J. Johnson, Georgetown Capital, LLC

    Mr. Gene Kansas, GeneKansas, LLC

    Mr. Francisco Luciano,Cox Media Group

    Ms. Leslie Naaman, Peach State Health Plan

    Mr. Scott Nelson, Colliers International

    Ms. Coretha Rushing, Equifax

    Mr. Todd Schmitt, CB Richard Ellis

    Mr. Carlos Smith, Federated Insurance

    Mr. Winston Warrior, Vintage R&B

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Janice McKenzie-Crayton
    President and CEO

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Julio C. Carrillo,
    Vice President of Programs

    Alicia N. Smith, Vice President of Development

    Paul Shenk, Vice President, Finance and Administration


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:58-0861895

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:580861895
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1382 PEACHTREE ST NE
  • Organization City:ATLANTA
  • Organization State:GA
  • Organization Zip:30309-3248
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:January, 1962
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):328
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Combat juvenile delinquency
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$8,041,130
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,264,302
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,902,488
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:41:27 pm

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