Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $246,807)
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters (KBBBS) will expand their mentoring program into 11 rural western Kansas communities where there are currently no mentoring agencies. They propose to build character and promote positive, healthy development in at risk youth of educational failure, dropping out of school, alcohol or drug use and abuse, or involvement in delinquent activities. They will match them in a one-to-one relationship with a caring adult who will provide them with emotional support, academic assistance and exposure to experiences that the children would not otherwise encounter on their own. KBBBS will adequately screen, train, equip, support and supervise at least 250 new mentors. Using Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's science-based evaluation system, 'Program-Based Outcome Evaluation (POE),' children, teachers, parents and volunteers will report improvement in emotional well being, care for themselves and other, academic and competence in children matched.