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Big Brothers Big Sisters of NH

Every child has potential, and volunteer mentors with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire (BBBSNH) are empowering youth to reach their highest potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters has been serving youth, ages 6-18, in the Granite State for more than 50 years. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

First started in Manchester in 1966, regional agencies later opened to serve the Greater Seacoast, Western New Hampshire, and Greater Nashua and Salem. Since then, Big Brothers Big Sisters has matched tens of thousands of children throughout the state with caring, supportive mentors. The vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters is that all children achieve success in life. We hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving: higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risk behaviors, and educational success.

Since merging in 2015 to form a statewide organization, BBBSNH serves 750 to 1,000 children a year in life-changing mentoring relationships. Our program staff work in the communities we serve from regional offices located in Stratham, Manchester, Nashua, Keene, Laconia and Lancaster. We expanded to serve the North Country in late 2017, and opened an office to expand to the Lakes Region in mid-2018.

Our evidence-based program is offered in Community Based and Site Based settings, and our program is free and open to all children ages 6-18. With child safety as our top priority, we recruit, screen and train all volunteer mentors in our program. We also provide professional ongoing support to every match for the life of the match, ensuring long-lasting mentoring relationships and the higest possible outcomes for the youth we serve.

Our 2018 Snapshot:

  • Delivered evidence-based mentoring to 735 children, in 88 cities and towns, and 32 schools and after-school programs statewide.
  • Volunteer mentors spent more than 35,280 hours shaping kids’ lives, along with 3,600 staff hours enrolling, training and matching volunteers with Littles, and 7,478 professional support check-ins.
  • Expanded to serve the North Country and Lakes Region, and launched our third workplace mentoring site at Northeast Delta Dental, joining CCA Global Partners and Comcast. Plans are underway to launch a new workplace mentoring program at Exeter Hospital in the 2019-20 school year.
  • Featured in the Union Leader’s “Beyond the Stigma” series, which explores solutions to the state’s mental health and addiction crisis, and awarded a new $65,000 federal grant to mentor youth affected by opioids.
  • Increased average match length to over 3.5 years for community matches, and almost 2 years for site-based matches.

To see the life-changing impact of youth mentoring in New Hampshire, check out the real-life stories of our 2019 Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year at https://youtu.be/AdDvQHNNUMo.

Check out our website at www.bbbsnh.org.

Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/BBBSNH.

Call us at 1-844-NH4-BIGS.

Posted on: Monday, May 20, 2019

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