STATE – According to Philanthropedia, which surveys experts on their views of charities’ impact and organizational strengths, Big Brothers Big Sisters is not just making a difference, but has been ranked the best of the best on a list of most recommended, high-impact national nonprofits serving at-risk youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters received praise for its effective mentoring model that leads to positive and measurable youth outcomes for children who face adversity, as well as for its organizational leadership and community outreach.
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ first place ranking was the result of recommendations from 88 national at-risk youth experts with an average of 19 years of experience in the field. These experts looked at nonprofit organizations that worked with children they considered to be “at-risk,” including some involved with the foster care or the juvenile justice system, runaway and homeless youth, kids who have dropped out of school or at risk of not graduating, and teen parents.
“We are so pleased to be recognized by Philanthropedia as the leading nonprofit for at-risk youth” said William Salcedo, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex counties. “Our volunteer mentors are often the only stable person the children in our programs can rely on. Our Littles look up to their Big Brothers and Sisters and count on them for guidance, help, and security in a sometimes unpredictable world,” he said.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties’ goal is to improve the social and emotional development and educational outlook of disadvantaged youth by providing them with a caring adult friend in a 1-to-1 mentoring relationship. Volunteer mentors must commit to this professionally supported relationship for a minimum of one year. The kids are exposed to new and positive experiences and have a shoulder to lean on which has shown to help them to become more caring, competent and confident members of their community. BBBSMMC has over 40 children waiting to be matched with a caring adult volunteer and is promoting volunteer recruitment in an effort to reduce this large waiting list.
The agency’s vision is to change the lives of disadvantaged children for the better, forever. BBBSMMC is a donor-supported, volunteer agency that is currently serving over 400 children by providing one-to-one mentoring and the agency is funded through individual gifts, grants and special events.
For more information, to become a Big Brother or Sister, or to make a donation contact William Salcedo, executive director at 1-732-544-2224 ext. 329 or visit www.bbbsmmc.org.