Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Northeast Iowa is the recent recipient of Iowa Attorney General’s Crime
Victim Assistance Division Victim Support Services New Initiative Funding. This
half-million dollar grant will allow us to expand one-to-one mentoring services
in Black Hawk and Butler Counties and begin offering one-to-one mentoring to
youth facing adversity in Buchanan, Fayette and Floyd Counties. This grant funding
comes just two months after Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa received
recognition from the national organization as one of the top BBBS agencies in the
Through this expansion the agency was also selected by the Waterloo School
District to take over the TeamMates mentoring program. The agency is working with over 100 former Waterloo TeamMates mentors and mentees to re-enroll them as BBBSNEIA Big/Little matches that will meet at the child's school, community, or a combination of both!
Additionally, Caring Connections (Floyd County) and BBBSNEIA have joined forces to provide one-to-one mentoring for youth facing adversity in Floyd County. Caring Connections has served Floyd County for nearly six years and moving forward will continue to do so as part of BBBSNEIA. By combining resources, BBBSNEIA hopes to increase the amount of Floyd County youth matched with a positive mentor by over 52% in the next two years.
The new opportunities
that Big Brothers Big Sisters has seized this spring will allow the agency to
increase the amount of youth served in impactful one-to-one mentoring
relationships from 300 youth currently to 530 youth in 2017 and 655 youth in
Residents living or
working within the agency’s new service area are encouraged to apply to become
mentors for the agency’s growing program. Mentors are matched one-to-one with a
child and either meet at the child’s school 30-60 minutes one day each week
during the school year, or mentors meet their child in the community for a few
hours each month doing low or no cost activities together. Those interested in
becoming a mentor can start the application process at www.iowabigs.org/volunteer.
The agency is also
establishing an Advisory Board in Buchanan, Fayette, Butler & Floyd
Counties. These volunteer Boards will help the agency promote the importance of
mentoring in the community, assist with recruiting mentors to enroll in the
program, and help the agency plan and carry out 1-2 fundraising events each
year to build program sustainability in the area.
Find out more about becoming an Advisory Board Member >