The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) February 26, 2011
"Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Memphis has launched a petition drive against a congressional budget proposal that would end funding for mentoring children of people in prison.
If passed, House Budget Proposal H.R. 1 would remove $400,000 from the BBBS's $1.2 million annual budget and about $1 million from BBBS organizations across the state, said Adrienne Bailey, president and CEO of the Memphis BBBS.
The loss of federal funding for the seven-year-old program would cut in half the approximately 450 children now being mentored, Bailey said.
'I understand that there have to be cuts. I think there should be more thought into what should be cut and how it should be cut,' Bailey said. 'We're not even talking about a cut here. We're talking about total elimination. It's devastating.'" Read More