Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands today announced the agency's growth and plans for continued expansion across Cape Cod and the Islands as the need for mentors continues to rise, in large part due to the hardships and pressures that families face resulting from the growing opioid epidemic.
Now four years into the agency’s five-year strategic growth plan, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands is focused on accelerating its growth to serve additional youth and families on the Cape, the Islands and beyond. Leveraging unique programming and creative approaches to overcome existing challenges, the agency served 323 youth in FY 2017, adding 110 new matches – an 11 percent increase from FY 2016. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands also experienced significant growth in the Mid-Cape region, where it now serves 109 children – a 70 percent increase in the past four years.
Under the leadership of Regional Director JR Mell, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands established several innovative new programs and partnerships to deliver more impact than ever before to children in need of an adult mentor. With those initiatives in place, the agency is on course to meet its goal of matching 120 additional children in FY 2018.
Key highlights from the agency's recently completed fiscal year include:
“The need for positive, adult role models in the lives of children growing up on the Cape and the Islands is constantly growing, and our mission is to continue expanding our services and partnerships in order to reach them,” said Mell. “By 2019, we plan to serve 400 local youth annually by providing each child with a mentor who is dedicated to ensuring their personal, educational and professional success. We are grateful to our generous and supportive donors, partners and volunteers who have contributed to our momentous growth in the last several years and will continue to help us meet or exceed our goals.”
For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands visit www.bbbsmb.org/cape-cod.