Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois

DEFEND & IGNITE POTENTIAL

aka BBBSIL   |   Belleville, IL   |  www.bbbsil.org

Mission

Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Ruling year info

1981

President & CEO

Mrs. Heather Freed

Main address

2900 Frank Scott Parkway West Suite 956

Belleville, IL 62223 USA

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EIN

37-1095468

NTEE code info

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to success and thrive in life. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. A national study found that impact of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program serves as a leading indicator for successful youth development outcomes because the focus is less on specific problems after they occur, and more on meeting youths' most basic developmental needs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois is committed to making meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Community Based "Bigs") or high school students in grades 10, 11 and 12 (School Based "Bigs") and children ("Littles") ages 6 through 18 in the Illinois Counties of Monroe, Madison, Clinton and St. Clair. The systematic and repeatable approach to our mentoring program follows a detailed, Board approved program manual.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

One to One Community Mentoring

For almost 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois (BBBSIL) has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As an affiliate of the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, BBBSIL makes meaningful and monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and child (Littles) ages 6 through 18 in St. Clair, Monroe, Madison and Clinton counties in Illinois.

Our vision is that all children achieve success in life. We are focused on providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one to one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving three goals: 1) higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships; 2) avoidance of risky behaviors and; 3) educational success.

Volunteer Bigs and youth Littles matched in the community program meet 10-12 hours a month for a minimum of one year doing activities together out in the community. Each youth Little (and parent of the Little) and all potential volunteer Bigs are interviewed and assessed for program fitness by trained BBBSIL staff. In addition, layered background checks and references are run on all potential Bigs to ensure safety. Both the Bigs and Littles receive match support to assist with relationship development, goal tracking and ensure safety every month in the first year, and every other month thereafter throughout the life of the match. Research based outcome evaluations are given to assess the strength of the match relationship and youth outcomes related to aspirations, self-confidence, relationships, avoidance of risk taking and educational success. On average community-based matches last between 2-3 years, with some matches lasting 10 years or more.

Population(s) Served

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois (BBBSIL) provides counseling services to all children seeking counseling within the ages of 6 through 17 whom are either BBBSIL clients or community members. Self-referrals are accepted as well as referrals from other community organizations working on behalf of the family.

The agency utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to assist clients in meeting their goals and needs. Services are age appropriate and client-centered. Clients may be seen at the office or at school.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Match longevity and retention
2. Financial growth & sustainability
3. Talent acquisition and retention

Improve efficiency of child and volunteer enrollment.
Define success by impact at scale using quality metrics.
Establish the operational budget based on revenue capacity with a direct financial tie to the annual fund development plan.
Create a 3 month reserve for fiscal responsibility.
Design a Board Orientation process that is systematic and repeatable.
Prepare an ongoing Board matrix that details gap analysis and Membership accountability.
Create an annual operational plan to engage and steward employees, donors and volunteers.
Ensure that the vision, mission and accountability statement of the organization is the central focus of operations.

The Board Development Plan was revised and approved for 2017-2019. From this plan a Board Matrix has been drafted to provide an analysis of current board members, identify gaps and guide the Board Development Committee in their recruitment to diversify membership. In addition, the agency has successfully recruited a Board Fellow from the Olin Business School of Washington University who will serve May 2017-2018. Their focus will be to work in partnership with the organization leadership and Board Development Committee to create a systematic and repeatable approach to the Board Orientation process.

We have a fully-staffed Board of Directors that has engaged in strategic planning and supporting the Annual Operational plan of the organization.

We realize that simple, annual evaluation measures cannot measure changes in life trajectory; however certain short term outcomes have proven to be indicators of long-lasting impact on youth. From a research perspective, YOS is not constructed to measure change in behavior, but rather in attitudes using a range of scales accepted in the public domain. The YOS is a powerful tool in demonstrating BBBS accountability for these select youth outcomes to the communities we serve.

The goal in using the YOS is to strengthen our ability to be accountable for each youth we serve by creating an outcome measurement tool
focused on "what we achieve". The YOS is used to ensure continuous quality improvement when evaluating the strength of individual matches, the impact of our services, and to make adjustments or enhancements as needed to provide the best quality service.

Financials

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Operations

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois

Board of directors
as of 4/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Patricia Wharton

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC

Term: 2012 - 2018

Mike Marchal

Holland Construction Services

Garrett Reuter, Jr.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC

Scott Weber

Scheffel Boyle

Mark Cruse

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Mark Altadonna

Regina Carlton

Allsup

Brian Gibson

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Jason Klein

Ameren Illinois

Marilyn Lippold

Card Marketing, Inc.

Dr. Cindy Manjounes

Lindenwood University - Belleville

Kevin Poettker

Poettker Construction Company

Kim Rawlings

Raymond James & Associates

William Renner

Renner Funeral Home

Kadeem Ricketts

Washington University (Board Fellow)

Greg Schoen

Dominic Seipp

Jason Stroede

Clarus Wealth Management

Diane Tebbe

Jason Snow

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