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Comcast Cares Day set for April 21
Volunteers to help Big Brothers Big Sisters project at St. Patrick’s School

Springfield, IL – April 18, 2012 – On Saturday, April 21, Comcast marks more than two decades of Comcast Cares Day where thousands of local Comcast employees, families and friends volunteer to improve neighborhoods across the country. It is the 11th Annual Comcast Cares Day and is believed to be one of the largest single-days of volunteer service in corporate America. This year, the national day of community service will be in Springfield doing spring clean-up project.

“At Comcast, we are proud to improve the quality of life in the local communities where our customers and employees have lived and worked for nearly 50 years,” said John Crowley, Senior Vice President of Comcast in Illinois, NW Indiana and SW Michigan. “We anticipate over 67,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, families and friends to volunteer their time on approximately 670 projects across the country – and we are especially proud to give back to the Springfield community this year.”

“We are grateful that Comcast is partnering with us to spruce up St. Patrick’s school,” said Chris Hembrough, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Illinois Capital Region. “This year, we established a Mentoring Partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters and St. Patrick’s. Once a week, our high school volunteers, “Bigs” mentor their student “Little” for 1 hour after school.”  

Volunteers will spend the day outside working on landscaping, painting fences and cleaning up the school grounds. Teams will also be inside the school stocking library shelves.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the IL Capital Region is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that can change their lives for the better.

Last year, Comcast in Illinois, NW Indiana and SW Michigan had 6,800 volunteers who contributed more than 34,000 hours of service at more than 89 sites in the communities. This year, volunteers will be at 84 different projects in local neighborhoods in Illinois, NW Indiana and SW Michigan.

Those who are interested in volunteering and for more detail about a project please contact Debra Marton at Inside_Comcast@cable.comcast.com.

 

Brothers Big Sisters Issues Back-to-School Call to Action

SPRINGFIELD, IL  August, 2012-- As children prepare to head back to school, Big Brothers Big Sisters issues a call to action to the community to Start Something to keep Sangamon County students on track to graduate.

The donor-supported mentoring organization carefully matches children with volunteer mentors in one-to-one staff-guided long-term mentoring relationships. The agency provides ongoing support to the volunteers, mentees and mentors throughout the course of each match to keep the mentoring friendship going strong. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 2011 Youth Outcomes Report, released earlier this year, shows statistically significant improvements for youth during their first year of enrollment in the mentoring program in educational success as well as avoidance of risky behaviors and socio-emotional competency, such as educational expectations.  Youth progress in these areas is linked to longer-term outcomes, such as high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency, and college or job readiness.

“The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey is an important tool in our commitment to hold ourselves accountable to the children, families and mentors we serve as well as the donors who support our programs,” said Chris Hembrough, Executive Director.  “We collect and use data to refine and improve our programs to achieve the greatest success for children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ long-term, staff-supported one-to-one mentoring programs.”
The proprietary 2011 Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Report found statistically significant improvement in Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based mentees in three areas—educational-related success, avoidance of risky behaviors and socio-emotional competency. Statistically significant improvement in school-based Big Brothers Big Sisters mentees’ attitudes was found in two areas—educational-related success and socio-emotional competency.

• 94.5% and 95.2% of youth maintained an average or above average score(1) or indicated improvement in the area of educational success for Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based and school-based programs, respectively;
• 97.9% and 96.6% of youth maintained an average or above average score(1) or indicated improvement in the area of socio-emotional competence for Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based and its school-based programs, respectively;
• 88.8% and 83.4% of youth maintained an average or above average score(1) or indicated improvement in the area of avoidance of risky behaviors for Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based and school-based programs, respectively.

The proprietary Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Youth Outcomes Survey, developed with the support of some of the nation’s leading experts in child development, tracks the nationwide mentoring program’s “Littles’” attitudes about eight specific measures:
• Social acceptance
• Parental trust
• Scholastic competency
• Presence of a special adult
• Educational expectations
• Attitudes toward risk (including smoking, drinking, drugs, skipping school, hitting, breaking rules in school, and being late for school)
• Truancy
• Grades (academic achievement)
(1) Maintaining and improving was determined by whether a child scored at or above the mean at baseline and maintained that score at follow-up or had a higher score at follow-up compared to baseline.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.  Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course.  The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 100-year history.  With about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer at BigBrothersBigSisters.org.

The Youth Outcomes Survey is a product of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, created at great expense and effort by the many Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters Affiliate contributors.  The Youth Outcome Survey results are based on the proprietary practices implemented by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's Service Delivery Model, and are a reflection of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and its Affiliates’ strict adherence to national standards.  Accordingly, while we encourage that these results be shared, they must at all times be attributed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and are not to be used in connection with the activities of other organizations without the express written permission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

 

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For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters live in single-parent and low-income families, or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). Providing a system of ongoing evaluation and support, Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that Littles will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others. Headquartered in Philadelphia with a network of nearly 400 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves a quarter million children annually.


 

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