Big Brothers Big Sisters is committed to bringing the power of mentoring to youth from traditionally underserved communities. Through the following specially designed programs, we are able to target specific populations and communities.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bismarck-Mandan has long been committed to serving all children in need of a mentor that are referred to the community based mentor matching program. Through a grant from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Children and Families we are now able to serve more children of incarcerated parents.
According to recent statistics, approximately 2 million children and youth in the United States have at least one parent in a Federal or State correctional facility. In addition to suffering disruption in the relationship with their parent, these young people often struggle with the economic, social, and emotional burdens of the incarceration. Data indicate that mentoring programs can help young people with incarcerated parents by reducing their first-time drug and alcohol use, improving their relationships and academic performance, and reducing the likelihood that they will initiate violence. In addition, mentoring programs can provide these children with opportunities to develop a trusting relationship with a supportive, caring adult and a stable environment that can promote healthy values and strong families.
We are beginning to organize a mentoring site at the United Tribes Technical College on the Bismarck campus. We will be recruiting, screening and training mentors for children ages 6 to 16 on the campus.