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Blog Blog 2014 LUAL Beneficiary - Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County is a private, non-profit organization affiliated with the national organization of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, with over 50 years of experience serving children in Bucks County. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Children aged 6-16 are referred to BBBSBC for a variety of reasons, including being at-risk of academic failure, having low self-esteem, difficulty with peer or familial relationships, or having been a witness or victim of trauma. The children may be being raised in a single-parent household, have a family member who is incarcerated, or are dealing with the stresses associated with a family that is struggling financially. The program provides crucial academic, emotional, and social support for children who are in need of the individual time and attention.

Research has consistently demonstrated that a strong connection between an adult and a young person is the most important protective factor against the youth being involved with drugs and crime. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of children in the community who do not have a strong support system at home and are at a great disadvantage.

An "at-risk" youth is more likely to succumb to peer pressure and often resorts to delinquency and substance abuse. The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program helps to bridge that gap, by providing caring adult mentors who can offer assistance with school work, model healthy social relationships, and help them create positive goals for their future.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County served approximately 500 children this past year, and are the only agency out of over 340 across the country that has received the Quality Award for Excellence in programs for the past 6 years in a row, by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

As a non-profit agency, BBBSBC relies on grants & donations to fund programs; with $.81 cents of every dollar donated going directly to the programs. It costs BBBSBC approximately $1200 per match, per year, to pay for the time involved with interviewing, screening, and the on-going support for each child & adult who becomes involved in their programs. Light up a Life, sponsored by Acteon Networks, is very excited to receive donations to help fund matches in the coming year!

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