Supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties, N.J., in conducting a mentoring program for at-risk youths, 2012-2013

Although the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation became a national philanthropy in 1972 and has operated on a national scale since then, it also has continued funding a limited number of local institutions and projects in the New Brunswick area and throughout New Jersey. It does so in part to honor the legacy of its founder, and in part to recognize the special responsibilities to the communities and the state in which it is located.This $200,000 challenge grant will help Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties, N.J., continue its mentoring program and support its fund-development plan. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will require BBBS to match the funds on a 1-to-1 dollar basis through fund raising from other foundations and individual donors. BBBS recruits mentors who reflect the communities it serves, and mentoring includes such activities as reading a book, playing sports or games, working on a community-service project, and tutoring. Children paired with mentors in a structured, supportive relationship have higher levels of self-esteem, make greater gains in school, are more confident, get along better with family members, and are less likely to become involved in delinquent behavior. As deliverables, the RWJF grant will help BBBS add 345 children to its mentoring program and help implement the fund-development plan, whose goal is to increase income by 25 percent in 2012-2013.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $200,000.00

Awarded on: 3/20/2012

Time frame: 4/15/2012 - 4/14/2013

Grant Number: 69847

Grantee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties

500 Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Newark, NJ, 07102-3112

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Carlos Lejnieks
Project Director

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Michele Willers
Project Director

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