CEO Newsletter Message
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern New Mexico is part of something Big. Did you know that all five BBBS agencies in New Mexico served 2,825 children in 29 counties in 2012? We help to change lives for the better statewide.
Our statewide proven outcomes after one year in the program:
39% of youth are more confident that they will finish school
56% of youth felt more socially accepted by peers
36% of youth indicated that they are less likely to participate in risky behaviors such as substance use, violence and early sexual contact.
43% of youth reported improvement in their school grades
The cost of mentoring is miniscule compared to the cost of not supporting our youth. The cost to support a match at BBBS of SWNM is about $1,600 per year or $4.38 per day. The cost for a year of foster care is $5,256, $17,429 per teen pregnancy, and $104,025 per year to incarcerate a youth in NM. The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota & the University of Minnesota (2007) found that society can expect a $2.72 return for every dollar spent on effective mentoring programs. This cost benefit comes through improved school attendance and performance – leading to increased graduation rates, increased post-secondary education, and higher lifetime earnings; reduced truancy – resulting in reduced school costs and, ultimately, reduced high school dropouts and increased lifetime earnings; improved health outcomes – including reductions in teen pregnancy, reduced or delayed use of tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drugs; reduced juvenile crime (both violence and property crimes) – saving victim costs, court costs, and costly treatment of juvenile offenders; reduced costs of adult crime – both the crime losses of victims and the societal costs of prosecuting and incarcerating adult offenders; and reduced needs for social services – both near-term costs of counseling and long-term costs of public assistance.
Be assured that the Bigs in our program are changing lives and benefitting our community substantially.
In the News
Grabsite.com has offered us a quick way to raise a few more dollars for the program. They have offered us to sell 150 of these coupon books for only $5.00. The original price is $25.00 and it has over $7,000.00 in coupon savings. The catch is, the coupons are only good until the end of the year so please help spread the word. Tell your matches about it. This can be a fun way to raise money together for THEIR program.
Let’s post it in Facebook, our website! Let’s talk about it everywhere we go and start spreading the word. If interested in seeing one, stop by my office.
Please help us sell the 150 coupon books and raise a little more for ONE more child on our waiting list! ☺
Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives More Than $1.3 Million Thanks to Funds Raised by jcpenney and Haggar
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will be able to help mentor more young people thanks to $1.3 million raised through jcpenney’s charitable giving program, jcp cares, and the retailer’s national brand partner, Haggar.
How Rich Ferguson, “The Ice Breaker,” was able to break the ice with Little Brother Joshua to make a positive impact on his life.
Long-time Mentors Win Special Honor at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference
A Fort Wayne, Indiana TV news anchor and a Peoria, Illinois insurance executive are this year’s national Big Sister and Big Brother of the Year. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America selects the winners from hundreds of submissions from the mentoring network’s 340 local agencies across the country. Comcast and NBCUniversal, as part of its sponsorship of the
2013 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference, presented the awards at a gala in Denver on June 25.
View the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Media Statement in reference to the OIG OJJDP Audit.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Partner Papazian Hirsch Entertainment’s DVD Release of Least Among Saints
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Charles Pierson, urges adults to see the film Least Among Saints, a highly acclaimed motion picture that vividly portrays the spirit of mentoring, which is at the heart of our work. As a Big Brothers Big Sisters partner, the film will be used to support ReuniteNow efforts to re-engage alumni to be a part of our network.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Agencies Meet in Denver for ReuniteNow National Conference, Sponsored by Comcast and NBCUniversal
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Convenes Staff from 340 Local Agencies to focus on Strengthening Resources to Help More Youth Succeed in School and Life
Beth Myers has joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as Senior Vice President, Network Leadership & Organizational Development, effective July 1, 2013. In her new national role, Myers will be based in Texas, where she previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas.