BigBrothersBig Sisters By: Jared Smith, Zachary Lee, Natalia Hepworth, Jonathan Perez, Sharlene Sanchez, Jillissa Hirsh
Table of contents • Intro- What is Big Brothers Big Sisters? • Background info • Funding • Statistics on split homes • Statistics on crime rates • Local statistics- potential for BBBS in Eastern Idaho
Historical Background • Ernest Coulter: observing a need • Volunteers gathered and merged with Catholic Big Sisters of New York • One man, 50 states, 12 countries
What is Big Brothers Big Sisters? • helps meet the needs of communities facing adversity. • serve more than 6,000 children and their families. • nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network
Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children ("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs")
Focus of Big Brothers Big Sisters Children Coping with: • living in single parent homes • growing up in poverty • parental incarceration • military deployment
Funding • Idaho Falls United Way. • individual contributions- corporate contributions and sponsorships, grants, and agency-sponsored fund-raising events such as Bowl-for-Kids-Sake (BFKS) and the Diamonds-in-the-Rough golf tournament. • BFKS takes place February 24th and 25th 2012. Teams of 4 or 5 players register and collect pledges from family, friends, and businesses. Then all the teams get together for a big bowling party, with t-shirts, pizza, and door prizes. • Diamonds-in-the-Rough is held on the third Saturday of May at Cedar Park Golf Course. Teams of 4 players compete in a "wacky" golf scramble on a 9-hole, 3-par course and enjoy Dutch Oven cooking after they play.
Why BB/BS is needed in Idaho Falls • In Idaho, there are 13,636 children living in grandparent-headed households. • There are another 4,128 children living in households headed by other relatives. • Of the children living in households headed by grandparents or other relatives in Idaho, 7,087 are living there without either parent present.
The need for BBBS Continued… The impact this organization is making: Research in this organization has stats of children that are less likely to • Use illegal drugs (46%) • Use alcohol (27%) • Skip school (52%) • Skip class (37%) • More confident in their performance in school • One-third less likely to hit someone • More likely to get along better with their families
The need for BBBS Continued… 23,057 kids that are eligible to take part in Big Bros/Big Sis' in Bonneville County (since this is the only county that the chapter does work in).
The need for BBBS Continued… • 23% of Idaho high school students are non-highschool-graduates. So, if this were attributed to Bonneville county, that means that out of that 23,000, 5, 290 kids will not graduate. With the help of BBBS, with kids not skipping school, this will make for slashing this in half; making 2,645. That means 2, 539 more students will graduate. • In 2010, 22 juveniles were arrested for possessing drug equipment or narcotics. Since BBBS statistically decreases this rate by 46%, that will make so that 22 goes down to 12. That's 12 teenagers with a clean record. Though 12 seems small, that's 12 lives. 12 teens who will not have to suffer the effects of the embarrassment. • In 2010, 10 juveniles were charged with intimidation/simple assault. That # is decreased by 33%, that will decrease that to 6. Four less teens will have this on their record, and will make so they won't have to go through the clearing process, community service, incarceration and/or fines.
The take away • BB/BS is helping in the decreasing the charges and arrests of youth throughout Bonneville county. • Not only will they have fewer problems with the law, their big sister or big brother provides them with a positive example to emulate.
Survey Says… • 38% male 62% female • 100% have never participated • 85% feel as citizens they should be involved with family issues • 91% said it would benefit them to participate • 50% had no knowledge of the Idaho Falls chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters program