BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS RECEIVES $10,000 FROM THE UPS FOUNDATION
Funds will support Mentor 2.0 program at South Doyle High School
KNOXVILLE, TN − (December 4, 2018) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has received a $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation in support of its Mentor 2.0 program at South Doyle High School.
The technology-enriched program focuses on college readiness and success for high school students, many of whom will be first-generation college students. Mentors and mentees participate in weekly activities, discussing important topics such as professionalism, perseverance, self-advocacy, college financial aid, and career choices.
“We are grateful for the UPS Foundation’s vital support of the Mentor 2.0 program,” said BBBS-ETN CEO Brent Waugh. “This investment will provide East Tennessee youth with a life-changing friendship that maximizes their success after high school. Together with the UPS foundation, we’ll clear a path to the biggest possible futures for hundreds of Knox County students.”
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation—which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS)—identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety, and the environment.
“The UPS Foundation is honored to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee’s efforts to provide mentors to youth in the Mentor 2.0 program,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”
In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee defends potential in children through strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change lives for the better, forever. Children enrolled in the program achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 47-year history in the Knoxville area. Learn more at tennesseebig.org.