Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empirehttp://www.bbbsse.org
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire transforms communities through quality mentors and professional services which assist youth and young moms in achieving their highest potential. The purpose of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program is to provide youth who are at-risk for low achievement socially, emotionally, academically, or economically with a mentor who is able to provide support, guidance and friendship, thereby helping the youth to become a more confident and successful individual. The goals of the program are to increase the youth's self-confidence, social competence and caring attitude. Youth in the program are ages 7 to 14. Mentors (Bigs) are asked to commit to a one year relationship and 4 hours a month to their mentees (Littles).
The Mentor Mom program offers support, guidance and friendship to young mothers who are navigating their way through the parental experience. This happens by matching them with a more experienced mother. The goals of the program are to help young mom's access health, financial and educational assistance, increase knowledge of living and parenting skills, encouragement to stay in and finish high school or get their GED, and to provide friendship and support. Young mothers in the program are 13 years are older and are pregnant or parenting a child under 5. Mentor Mom mentors must be 25 years of age, a mother, and willing to commit to one year with two monthly visits and weekly phone calls.