Featured Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA)
Address: 100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 710, Atlanta GA 30303
PHONE: (404) 601-7000
BBBSMA strives to support at-risk youth, children of incarcerated parents and children in need of guidance and mentoring. The children we serve range in age from 6 to 18 years old. Children in our program show improved academic performance and higher graduation rates, which impacts the community as a whole with fewer children dropping out of school and more entering the work force and creating a positive influence for other children. BBBSMA provides support for single-parents by introducing a mentor for their children. Seventy-six percent of the children in our program are African American while 19% are Hispanic.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro AtlantaHighlights:
- 50 years of serving the youth in our community. BBBSMA serves 3,200 children in 12 Metro Atlanta counties and has impacted the lives of 20,000 children, volunteers and families
- Provides meaningful one-to-one mentoring relationships between children and caring, well-trained volunteer adults
- 91% of our Littles graduate on time from high school; many going on to college and other post secondary careers. 90% have shown improvement in self-confidence. 87% have shown improvement trusting others. 76% have shown improvement in academic performance.81% have demonstrated a new sense of their future.
BBBSMA is working tirelessly to raise enough funds and awareness to serve 5,000 children by 2012. BBBSMA currently has over 800 boys on a waiting list to be matched with Big Brothers. We are enhancing our fundraising and recruitment efforts to meet this large need in the community.