Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $500,000)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago proposes to implement the Youth Mentoring Program. The purpose is to expand youth mentoring efforts in the West and far South Sides of Chicago, and west suburban Cook County. Project activities include providing positive youth development programming to address community risk factors experienced by 300 youth and families, increasing access to community resources and support through family engagement and long-term one-to-one mentoring services for youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago also seeks to grow and sustain its local footprint through its West Side Chicago outreach center, employ local staff, and expand its local community partnership network. The agency expects to build positive youth outcomes through the grant program in several outcome areas including social connections and belonging; social emotional learning; healthy behaviors and choices (avoidance of risk-taking behaviors including violence and gun violence); and educational success.