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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas Seeks Kids in Military Families

AUSTIN, TX (Feb. 20, 2012) – Children in military families now have an opportunity to connect with adult mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. Children with a parent in the military face unique challenges related to military life such as deployment-related stressors. To help provide the additional support these children need, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas has established the Military Mentoring Program. This program has recently been given significant support through the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. This funding enables Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas to serve children ages 9‐16 who have an active-duty military parent. The organization is recruiting 70 youth to participate in the program. Families must live in Travis, Williamson, Hays or Bell counties.

BBBS’ one‐to‐one mentoring model helps kids achieve measurable outcomes leading to lifelong success. For more than 40 years, we have matched Central Texas children with supportive adult mentors who build friendships and offer encouragement and support to each child. Volunteers meet with their Little 3‐4 times per month for a minimum of one year and provide quality one‐to‐one friendship time that is so important to a child whose parent is on active military duty. Children ages 14 and older whose match lasts for one year or longer also are qualified to receive a $2,000 scholarship to use upon high school graduation.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters:
Big Brothers Big Sisters provided 90,000 hours of mentoring to 1,500 children in Central Texas last year as well as $45,000 in scholarship funds via BBBS’ Foundation to Littles pursuing higher education. The organization depends on donations to help recruit volunteers and reach more children. Funding is used to conduct screening on volunteers to ensure child safety and to provide on-going support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Our agency is ranked in the top five percent nationally for program quality. Most impressively, last year more than 97 percent of our Little Brothers and Sisters stayed in school, improved their grades and avoided early parenting. For more information, visit www.bigmentoring.org
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