Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters develops high-impact mentoring relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people facing adversity. Mentors (“Bigs”) work with children (“Littles”) in the community, workplaces, their schools, and many places in between. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides ongoing professional support to volunteers, children, and parents/caregivers throughout the life of the match. 100% of the grant funds from the Highland Park Community Foundation directly supports the Highland Park Neighborhood Mentoring Program through which Highland Park and Highwood youth are paired in one-to-one relationships with caring mentors. Mentoring matches meet in a group setting and also on their own. Bigs and Littles spend several hours together each month engaging in activities focused on improving outcomes in the following areas: educational achievement, avoidance of risky behavior, and socio-emotional competency.