Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New MetLife Foundation Funding to Help Big Brothers Big Sisters Promote Positive Academic Outcomes for Hispanic Children

PR Newswire (Tampa Bay, FL) April 11, 2011 "MetLife Foundation's continued financial support of Big Brothers Big Sisters with a $500,000 grant will enable it to expand its services to meet the needs of Hispanic children and families. Since 2008, MetLife Foundation has contributed a total of $1.5 million, including this year's grant, to Big Brothers Big Sisters to bring the benefits of its evidence-based mentoring services to the nation's growing Hispanic population. Today's grant will help 20 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies nationwide expand work with Hispanic youth and engage Hispanic parents in strengthening academic outcomes for their children. 'We're extremely excited, as the new grant enhances our efforts to engage families; provide educational resources to address cultural gaps; provide critical education-system knowledge; and deliver resources to prepare mentees for college,' said Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and Chief Executive Officer Karen J. Mathis. 'We hold ourselves accountable for helping children who face adversity succeed in school, have greater aspirations and avoid delinquency and risky and behaviors to achieve lifelong success. This funding enables us to create and professionally support the one-to-one safe, strong, enduring mentoring relationships that contribute to these outcomes.'" Read More

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