Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County, Inc. (Largo, FL)

Name

  • Name:Ms. Leslie Lee
  • Title:Chief Financial & Operating Officer

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County, Inc.
  • Address:918 W. Bay Drive
    Largo, FL 33770
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:727-518-8860
  • Main fax:727-584-8953

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General

  • Mission:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, one-to-one professionally supported relationships that will change their lives for the better, forever.

  • Overview:
  • For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved, is possible because of support from individuals and organizations, such as the Lawrence Foundation. It's also why we're able to offer such a wide variety of programs that pair children with role models in one-to-one relationships.

    Our School-based (SB) component allows children enrolled in a designated Big Brothers Big Sisters school location to be matched with one volunteer who meets with the child during or after school, on a scheduled basis for at least 4 hours per month. These matches do not leave the school, and a professional Match Manager regularly visits the school and communicates with participants to monitor, supervise, and support the match. The focus of these matches is on educational and social development. In and after school programs coincide with Pinellas County’s academic year. During summer months, we work with children, parents, and volunteers, as appropriate to encourage maintenance of the relationship through post cards, agency event(s), email and phone calls.

    In both service components, all matches are monitored and supervised by professional staff; a Youth Outcome Development Plan is developed for each mentoring relationship which includes setting customized goals for the child; ongoing supervision and training, and annual reviews. Training sessions, focus groups, and individual professional support are provided to all program participants; recreational activities and outings are arranged for matches throughout the year. Training materials, community referrals for more intensive treatment, and community event tickets (CB Matches) may be provided. As volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) are often matched with moderate-risk children (“Littles”), the volunteers themselves are often in need of support and direction. Professional staff provide a critical service by supporting the mentors for a continuing successful match.

  • History:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters' one-to-one match program began in 1904 with the idea that a special friendship between a child and an adult would provide reliable support for the child during their formative years. The relationship between the volunteer and the child is geared to promote healthy personality growth and development, and to focus on the development of self-esteem, educational success, and avoidance of juvenile delinquency.And we have over a century of volunteers, donors, and advocates just like you to thank.

    It all started in 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement.

    At around the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were befriending girls who had come through the New York Children’s Court. That group would later become Catholic Big Sisters.

    Both groups continued to work independently until 1977, when Big Brothers Association and Big Sisters International joined forces and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

    Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters serving Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus Counties (BBBS) is part of the national network consisting of 350 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Incorporated in 1967, our agency has been serving children of Pinellas County for more nearly 50 years. Our long-term impact in Pinellas County has allowed us to develop trust within communities we wish to serve. We are proud to share that we have a stellar reputation not only in our community, but among other Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. The following are just a few of the highlights of our accomplishments:

    • Winner of the 2014 Medium Not for Profit Business of the Year, awarded by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce.
    • Awarded the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2013 Nonprofit of the Year, in the education category.
    • Finalist for the 2012 Non-Profit of the Year Award from the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce.
    • Member of the BBBS of America Large Agency Alliance, a group representing the top 35 performing agencies of the over 325 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies throughout the country.
    • Named one of 11 Blueprint Model Programs by The University of Colorado’s Center for the Study of Prevention of Violence.
    • Awarded a 2011 Altria grant to support the BBBS “Labs of Excellence” Project, designed and funded to establish and sustain an embedded performance management culture which tracks, analyzes and utilizes outcome data for fulfillment of mission and impact in the community.


    Last year, our agency was able to match a Big Brother, Big Sister or Big Couple mentor to 1,443 at-risk children in Pinellas, Citrus and Hernando Counties. Currently there are more than 190 children waiting to be matched with a Big Brother, a Big Sister or a Big Couple.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters is highly regarded throughout the nation as the premier mentoring program, and studies have proven that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors have a positive, measurable effect on children. In fact, a Public/Private Venture study demonstrated that Big Brothers Big Sisters service is the most effective model for other mentoring programs to follow, and that the program "focuses less on specific problems after they occur, and more on meeting youth's most basic developmental needs." Our program prevents the onset of delinquency and enhances the self-esteem of the children who are matched.

    Teachers, parents and volunteers involved in the program have also noted that the students' self-confidence improved, they were less likely than their peers to repeat a grade, and their average number of unexcused absences also dropped. Another study, School-based Mentoring: A First Look Into Its Potential, conducted by Public/Private Ventures, verified these results and also found that it offers a unique opportunity for varied populations to participate as volunteers.

    The most important service we provide to program participants is continued support by a match manager who stays in contact and is readily available to any volunteer, child or parent in the program.

  • Year established:1967
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:21
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:38

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:59-1197491

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