Case Study: Big Brothers Big Sisters Of America

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), is the largest example of a formal mentoring program in the United States which pair youth with other mentoring agencies pattern the largest and most well-known program of its kind. An expansion of similar programs has evolved over the past decade to address issues for at risk youth. Approximately three million youth are in formal one-to one mentoring relationships in the country as a result (Rhodes & DuBois, 2008). The OJJDP awards as much as $2 million for programs that are run for a period of up to three years. One of these programs, the Multi-State Mentoring Initiative, provides funding for organizations currently operating student mentoring programs, in five or more states, to expand or enhance

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