Impact 2013

  • 94% increased their educational expectations.
  • 71% of children participating in BBBS demonstrated improved self-confidence and social acceptance.
  • 72% improved in scholastic competency and confidence in school abilities.
  • 75% increased their avoidance of risky behaviors.

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Creating hopeful futures for our area’s children, BBBS of NELA is an outstanding affiliate of BBBS of America, the 100+ year- old preeminent national youth-serving organization. The program makes a BIG difference in children’s lives — and in the lives of the Bigs as well!

 

Service Area
Ouachita, Lincoln, Franklin, Richland, and Morehouse Parishes

Address

620 Riverside Drive, Monroe 71201
(318) 323-9034
«www.bbbsofnela.org

Services
• School, community, and site based mentoring
• Civic Engagement Institute
• Chase Leadership Academy

Big Brothers Big Sisters Impact Story

Big Sister Myesha

Big Sister Myesha was matched with her Little Sister when she was six and in kindergarten. Myesha’s Little is a twin and comes from a family with six siblings, including another set of twins, all of whom are BBBS participants. Since the beginning, Myesha has taken interest in her Little Sister’s academics, alternating studying and homework with fun activities, such as bowling, movies, jewelry making and church. Together they set goals and Myesha offers incentives for successful attainment of the goals. Since the match began, her Little Sister’s mother and teachers say that her Big Sister has had an impact on her life. Also since Myesha started becoming involved at her Little’s school, her behavior and grades have improved. Her Little Sister said her Big Sister is pretty, happy, fun, and that she loves her Big. Myesha said that she is very proud of her Little. According to her Little Sister’s mother, BBBS has had impact on her whole family through all the matches and the activities offered through the program. 

Comments from 2013 program participants

• “This was really a life changing experience.”
• “Every experience like this helps me open up better to other people.”
• “My child’s Big is exactly what she and I hoped for.”
• “My Little has made more of a difference in my life than I could have ever hoped to make in his!”


2013 Highlights

Held our 1st Annual Appeal campaign and raised $35,663.

• Served 342 children in Ouachita, Lincoln, Morehouse, Richland and Franklin parishes including 72 children new to the program.

• LA Children’s Trust Fund awarded $10,000 for 2013-2014 to engage new volunteers as mentors with students at risk of delinquency and child abuse.
• Conducted a two-day Civic Engagement Institute for Youth May 22-23 to engage 29 high school sophomores and juniors in the democratic process. Developing plans to address community issues were students from the following high schools: Ouachita, Neville, Richwood, Wossman, Ouachita Christian, and West Monroe.

• Graduated 32 Chase Leadership Academy participants. This program for Neville, West Monroe, Carroll and Ouachita High School students is sponsored by our community partner JPMorgan Chase and focuses on strengthening young peoples’ lives, careers and financial skills. Each graduate receives a computer.
• Held several match activities throughout the year, including spring and fall picnics, sock hop and bowling night.
• Rang in the holidays with Annual Christmas Party for Littles and Bigs sponsored by Neville Interact Club; Littles and their Bigs were treated to refreshments, games, prizes, gifts and MUCH more.

• Successfully partnered with the Ford Foundation and Louisiana Building Economic Security Together (LABEST) to identify barriers to asset building and wealth creation for low-income families. Held a Listening Session in August with local high school and college students, community leaders and business partners to discuss barriers to asset building and wealth creation.

• Jacquiela Dorsey named Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters in August 2013 effective January 2014.
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