Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermilion County (Danville, IL)


  • Name:Rose Henton
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermilion County
  • Address:100 N. Franklin
    Suite B
    Danville, IL 61832
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:217-446-6601
  • Main fax:217-446-7426

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  • Mission:
  • Vision: Our vision is that all children achieve success in life. Mission: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1- to-1 relationships and programs that can change their lives for the better, forever. Our 1-to-1 mentoring programs are community-based, school-based, and site-based. We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships; avoidance of risky behaviors; and educational success. BBBSvc serve children throughout Vermilion County between 6 and 18 years of age. Most of these children are in need of adult guidance/friendship and social exposure due to their parental or guardian caregiver‘s needs. Some have greater needs than others such as low self-esteem, school adjustment problems and/or negative attention seeking behavior.

  • Overview:
  • In its 42nd year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermilion County (BBBBSvc) is the only 1-to-1 youth mentoring system in Vermilion County. The initial mentoring program at BBBSvc was Community-Based Mentoring. These mentors (called Bigs) meet with a child (called Littles) weekly and participate in community activities. Activities can be as simple as attending a parade, going to the library, or even washing the car. These activities help build a bond between the child and adult. The adult is then able to inspire, motivate and encourage the child to set and achieve goals. At present we have Community-Based mentors. In School-Based Mentoring the mentor meets with the child once a week for an hour at the child’s school. Half of the hour is spent on academics and the other half is spent on building a friendship and inspiring achievement. Mentors help children academically as well as inspire the child to develop good attendance, a love of reading, and improve their behavior and develop skills to get along better with parents, teachers and peers. School-Based mentoring takes place at 11 elementary schools with 110 community members serving as mentors. In 1999, we began facilitating an out-of-School Leadership Program for young women called Young Women Aware. This leadership program was developed due to the concern over the high teen pregnancy rate in Vermilion County in addition to a high drop-out rate. Young Women Aware spread from Danville High School to two middle schools and a Young Men Aware program was implanted into all three schools as well. This year there are more than 75 students in Young women Aware. Three simple goals were established for the group which includes high school achievement, college obtainment, and pregnancy prevention with a focus on abstinence. Beginning this year, BBBSvc began a Site-Based Mentoring program for 15 freshman students at Danville High School. Mentors meet with students 1-to-1 after school once a week to help students with academic skills and homework but also provide the support and guidance students need to graduate high school. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermilion County operates under the following five core goals for success:

    Quality Growth: The agency focuses on a multi-faceted approach to lengthening matches, summer match activities to maintain frequent contact between Bigs and Littles, and aggressive measurement of School Based Mentoring matches and Community Based Mentoring matches.

    Intentionality: The agency utilizes the following criteria in determining children served:
    1)youth with moderate to high exposure to environmental risk factors; 2) youth with moderate to high levels of personal need; 3) youth with moderate to high levels of academic need; and 4) youth who are reflective of the racial and ethnic mix of our community’s population in need.

    Develop and sustain important partnerships throughout the community to decrease duplication of services, increase collaboration, and build greater community awareness. These efforts will ensure families and youth receive a comprehensive combination of services to meet their needs and improve success.

    Sustainability: The agency endeavors to continually increase funding levels, identify new funding sources both inside and outside the community, build on the annual fundraiser Bowl For Kids’ Sake and develop increased board ownership as the agency fundraising arm. Develop and update effective recruitment strategies to garner enough mentors and sustain current mentors to provide the mentoring experience to children and eliminate the agency waitlist.

    Efficiency: Continue to make updates to agency standards of practice including the agency approved Financial Management Plan, Risk Management Plan and monitor overall program progress and metrics through the AIM System (Agency Information Management). (AIM is a web based, data collection system providing the agency with the tools to monitor and improve performance and assure the timeliness and quality of contact with children and volunteers.)

    Talent Management: Ensure ongoing and essential training is conducted throughout the agency including, a board recruitment and development plan, staff training-goals-accountability, volunteer training-support and caregiver education-support.

    Positive Outcomes: Positive outcomes are evidenced in longer and stronger mentor matches, increased s

  • Year established:1972
  • Endowment:Unknown


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  • Staff size:5


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(1)
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