Monday, October 29, 2007

Great News for Mentoring!

With the announcement of this year’s Health & Human Services Mentoring Children of Prisoners grant recipients, HHS will support four Big Brothers Big Sisters initiatives in NYS that will serve, in total, 3800 children in 43 counties over the next three years.

  • Children of Promise now includes twelve BBBS agencies covering at least thirty-two (32) New York counties spread across the State. We will serve 2300 children of prisoners over a three year period. BBBS of Ulster serves as the lead agency.
  • BBBS of Albany is in the second year of its three-year grant serving 300 children of prisoners in four counties.
  • BBBS of Erie County has received its second round of funding to serve 600 children over three years.
  • BBBS of NYC will receive funding for Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Promise, which includes the five boroughs and Westchester County. BBBS of Westchester is partnering with them. Together they will serve 600 children over the next three years.

Across the State, BBBS staff will recruit, screen, and train volunteer mentors; identify and recruit eligible children of prisoners; and match each mentor with a mentee based on the interests and preferences of the mentor, mentee, and caregiver(s).

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