After nearly 3 long years of planning and raising funds, Big Brothers Big Sisters is opening our new South Texas Mentoring Resource Center in September 2016! Located in the center of town off Highway 281 near the airport, the Center will be home to nearly 50 professional Big Brothers Big Sisters staff as well as a place for all other mentoring organizations in the community to access mentoring resources. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever, but we have been severely limited by space constraints since 2011. The new facility, nearly 15,000 square feet, will triple our space. We expect the move to lead to major increases in services.
|My favorite room!|
Space constraints combined with already existing funding constraints created long waiting lists for both youth and volunteers hoping to join the program. Since 2012, thousands of volunteers and kids have waited an average of 6 months to be served. I worry all the time about the kids on the waiting list.
Plans for the Center's Grand Opening in September are underway. We are also launching an in depth strategic planning process to map out how we plan to go from supporting 3,000 one to one mentoring relationships each year to 30,000. On our to-do list later this year is to visit the Miami Mentoring Resource Center to learn more. The trip is being funded by a capacity building grant from the San Antonio Area Foundation. I am so thrilled about the Area Foundation's faith and investment in our program! We know that too many kids today don't have access to positive, caring role models, and this is why they fail. Our new mentoring center is a big step towards the creation of a strong community of mentoring professionals with the capacity and knowledge to tackle this problem more effectively. I cant wait to get started!
|Located in the center of town, the Center is easily accessible.|