Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County (Jamison, PA)

Name

  • Name:Ms. Laura Jones
  • Title:Deputy Director, Alumni Relations & Grant Management

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County
  • Address:2875 York Road
    Jamison, PA 18929
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:215-343-8260 X118

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General

  • Mission:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County's 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.
    BBBSBC's vision is that all children achieve success in life.

  • Overview:
  • BBBSBC offers 4 core programs that match children to adult mentors: Community-based, STEM School-based, High School Bigs and Options.

    BBBSBC's Community-based Mentoring program matches at-risk youth aged 6-16 with volunteer mentors who live locally. Many of the youth referred face socioeconomic risk factors that make them more likely to develop academic, behavioral, and emotional problems than other children. In addition to academic difficulties, many of these youth may struggle emotionally. Littles who participate are given quality one-on-one time, two to four times per month, with a caring adult who is willing to talk, listen, and engage the Little in a variety of activities in the community. The Big guides the Little in making good choices, so that he/she may become a productive, responsible and engaged young adult.

    One of the Community-based Mentoring programs BBBSBC has recently developed and implemented is the Hispanic Mentoring Initiative. This program matches Hispanic youth with adult role models. The goal of the program is to help Latino children embrace their ethnic identities while building relationships within the community.

    In the STEM School-based Mentoring program, students in grades K-7th are matched with volunteers who are recruited through partnerships with local companies. These companies encourage their employees to give back to the community they work in by serving as Bigs, and allow them the flexibility to meet with their Littles weekly, at a local school partner. BBBSBC provides a bin filled with STEM-focused games & activities for the matches to use, to help build the students' interest and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

    In our High School Bigs program, trained high school students serve as Big Brothers or Sisters to elementary school students referred by guidance counselors or teachers. Bigs and Littles meet at the elementary school. High school students receive leadership education and experience the value of community service. The younger student benefits from a role model who is willing to talk, listen and engage the child in activities in a supervised setting.
    These mentors provide supplemental academic support, guidance and friendship to students who are struggling academically, emotionally or socially. The matches meet at the school, during the students' lunch, recess or study periods, on a consistent basis throughout the school year. The Bigs assist their Littles with school work, explore their Littles' creativity and imagination through arts and crafts, and offer the Littles a judgment-free zone in which they can share their feelings and their dreams for their futures.

    During the summer, the School-based matches may communicate by telephone, email and text. In addition, they are invited to attend an agency-sponsored picnic in July, at a local community park. The picnic provides all the matches with free food, games, sports and crafts.

    In May, all of the Community matches are all invited to attend a Hispanic Fiesta, where we provide live Spanish music, Mexican food, traditional Spanish-style crafts, games and decor.

    In June, the Community matches are invited to attend an agency-sponsored picnic in July, at a local community park. The picnic provides all the matches with free food, games, sports and crafts.

    In December, all of the Community matches are invited to attend a Holiday Party. Each of the Littles receive a free holiday gift- which may be a toy, new clothing, or a gift card, depending on their age and needs. All of the matches can enjoy free food, games, crafts, and music, to celebrate the holiday season.

    BBBSBC's programs are evidence-based, with measurable outcomes. Our matches stay together for an average of 3 years. We track our progress annually, to demonstrate the positive impact that our mentoring programs have on the youth served.

    The Options Program is unique to our agency. BBBSBC staff support youth referred by Bucks County Juvenile Court as well as Children and Youth. Community based placement is offered and is designed to reduce recidivism and institutional placements. Youth meet biweekly with a staff member who provides professional support.

  • History:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County is a private, non-profit organization affiliated with the national organization of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Originally Big Brothers and Big Sisters operated separately in Bucks County. Big Brothers was formed in 1963 by a group of concerned educators from the Centennial School District, and Aid for Girls was established in 1971 by the Doylestown Branch of the American Association of University Women. Aid for Girls became Big Sisters in 1974, and Big Sisters and Big Brothers merged to become one organization in 1987. With over fifty years of service to Bucks County youth, our primary goal has remained unchanged: to provide quality volunteer and professional services, primarily through mentoring and leadership development, to make a positive difference to children and enable them to achieve their highest potential as they grow to become responsible adults.
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County has been nationally recognized for seven consecutive years for exceeding the program quality standards set forth by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

  • Year established:1963
  • Endowment:Unknown

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:23-2461056

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:232461056
  • Organization Name:BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF BUCKS COUNTY INCORPORATED
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:BLDG G
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:2875 YORK RD
  • Organization City:JAMISON
  • Organization State:PA
  • Organization Zip:18929-1026
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 1988
  • 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 publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):349
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other youth organization or activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$159,590
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,243,155
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,203,282
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:30:04 pm

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