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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE AND THE VOL NETWORK CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE AND
THE VOL NETWORK CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP
Mentors and mentees to once again sell souvenir programs at University of Tennessee home football games

KNOXVILLE, TN (August 20, 2019) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee and the Vol Network today announced that mentors (Bigs) and mentees (Littles) will once again sell souvenir programs at all University of Tennessee home football games. A portion of the proceeds will benefit BBBS-ETN.

Program sales begin Saturday, Aug. 31, before the University of Tennessee’s game vs. Georgia State University. The partnership will continue at all home games, including: Sept. 7 (UT vs. BYU), Sept. 14 (vs. Chattanooga), Oct. 5 (vs. Georgia), Oct. 12 (vs. Mississippi State), Oct 26 (vs. South Carolina), Nov. 2 (vs. UAB) and Nov. 30 (vs. Vanderbilt).

All participating Bigs and Littles (matches) will have the opportunity to attend the game, and the top-selling Big and Little pairs at the end of the season will receive prizes from the Vol Network.

“We are thrilled to once again collaborate with the exclusive producer and marketer of University of Tennessee sports programming,” said BBBS-ETN CEO Brent Waugh. “Not only will this partnership with the Vol Network be an opportunity for our mentors and mentees to volunteer and give back to the community—it’s the perfect chance to tell Volunteers fans across the state about the urgent need for mentors.”

“The Vol Network is proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee on this exciting venture,” said Vol Network General Manager Steve Early. “We look forward to working with mentors and mentees to further increase the visibility of our souvenir program on game days, while also highlighting the outstanding service that BBBS-ETN provides in defending potential in our youth.”

What:                    Bigs and Littles selling programs, pre-game

When:                   Saturday, Aug. 31—three hours prior to kickoff; continuing before all remaining home games

Where:                 Gate 10 at Neyland Stadium, and around Neyland ***Note that parking might be available for
members of the media.***

Visuals:                 Mentors and mentees selling programs together;
Matches enjoying Vol Village and attending the football game—the first game for many of the
children

On-site contact will be Marisa Thomassie, BBBS-ETN Americorps VISTA Outreach Coordinator.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee ignites 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.

About the Vol Network
For more than 60 years, the Vol Network has served as the main communications link between the University of Tennessee and its fans. As the broadcast rights holder to University of Tennessee athletics, IMG College/Vol Network manages UT radio and television programming, game day publications, on-line services, venue signage and various other marketing and promotional activities related to Big Orange athletics.

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE HOSTS ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE HOSTS ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
Mentors and mentees to celebrate beginning of school year

KNOXVILLE, TN (August 1, 2019) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will host its annual Back to School Bash at Inskip Pool tonight, Thursday, August 1, from 6-8 p.m.

Mentors and mentees in the BBBS-ETN program will gather together to celebrate the end of summer and the upcoming school year. Attendees will enjoy food and participate in games and other poolside activities.

Mentees — known as “Littles” — will also receive donated supplies to prepare them for the upcoming school year.

The 2019 Back to School Bash is made possible by: Altar’d State, Quality Pools of Knoxville, SoKno Taco Cantina, and Hoffman Quality Tools USA Inc.

What: Annual Back to School Bash for BBBS-ETN Matches, presented by Altar’d State
When: Thursday, August 1, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Inskip Pool, 4204 Bruhin Rd, Knoxville, TN 37918
Visuals: Mentees and Mentors enjoying food, games, and activities; Mentees receiving school supplies

The on-site contact will be Conner Patterson, (650) 245-6543.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee ignites 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 49-year history in the Knoxville area. Learn more at tennesseebig.org

About Altar’d State
Altar’d State is a rapidly growing women’s fashion brand with more than 100 boutiques throughout 30 states. Altar’d State’s popularity is growing not only for its inspiring boutique-style shopping experience and on-trend women’s fashion and accessories, but also for its emphasis on giving back to local and global organizations. Through its Give Back and Mission Monday initiatives, Altar’d State donates a portion of all net proceeds to global and local non-profit organizations

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE INDUCTS THREE COMMUNITY LEADERS INTO HALL OF FAME


BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE INDUCTS
THREE COMMUNITY LEADERS INTO HALL OF FAME
Agency to also recognize Outstanding Community Partners and award five area youth college scholarships

KNOXVILLE, TN (May 13, 2018) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS-ETN) will host its third annual Hall of Fame Induction and Scholarship Awards Celebration on Thursday, May 16, from 5:30-8 p.m.

Julie Hardin, Cari Parker, and Don Shawl will be recognized for their transformational impact on the organization. For the first time, the agency has also named four Outstanding Community Partner award recipients: Steve Madden, Moe’s Southwestern Grill, Aaron Walters & Altar’d State, and WBIR.

Alongside supporters and community leaders, the agency will celebrate graduating “Littles” receiving scholarships, most of whom are first-generation college students. Scholarship recipients include Bethany Hensley, Brianna Hensley, Ravin Hyatt, K’Vaughn Tyson, and Raven Woods.

A reception and Littles Art Gallery will be available prior to the awards ceremony.

What:           Third Annual BBBS-ETN Hall of Fame Induction and Scholarship Awards Celebration

When:          Thursday, May 16, 5:30-8 p.m. (program starts between 7 and 7:15 p.m.)

Where:         The Regas Building | 318 N. Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37917

Visuals:        Five first-generation college students receiving scholarships to pursue their post-secondary education dreams; A Littles Art Gallery, spotlighting the talent and creativity of youth; Mentors and mentees interacting with one another; High-profile supporters of BBBS-ETN alongside community leaders

Hall of Fame inductees include:

  • Julie Hardin served as Executive Director of BBBS-ETN from 1985-1994. Hardin launched the Tennessee International Wine Festival, expanded Bowl for Kids’ Sake, and significantly increased the organization’s revenue.
  • Cari Parker has been a Big Sister to numerous Littles over thirty years. Parker served for a decade on the Tri-Cities advisory council and helped lead the merger which created Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee.
  • Don Shawl established the Bristol, Tennessee, BBBS agency in the 1980s. Shawl served as the vice-chair of the board of directors and recently funded BBBS-ETN’s literacy-based mentoring program, “Reading to Learn.”

The on-site contact will be Brent Waugh, 865.804.1288.

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.

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ARBY’S FOUNDATION AWARDS MORE THAN $12,000 TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE

ARBY’S FOUNDATION AWARDS MORE THAN $12,000 TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE
Funds will support technology-enhanced mentoring program at South Doyle High School

KNOXVILLE, TN- (May 9, 2019) – The Arby’s Foundation has awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee more than $12,000 to support its Mentor 2.0 program at South Doyle High School.

This technology-enhanced initiative 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, focusing on topics such as professionalism, perseverance, self-advocacy, financial aid, and career choices. Arby’s Foundation funds will cover the cost of curriculum, transportation, and food for four Mentor 2.0 in-person events, including one on May 9.

“We are incredibly grateful for the Arby’s Foundation grant in support of the Mentor 2.0 program” BBBS-ETN CEO Brent Waugh said. “This investment will provide East Tennessee youth with a life-changing friendship that maximizes their success after high school, ensuring career readiness and youth leadership opportunities.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is one of 14 affiliates across the nation to provide the Mentor 2.0 program, and the only one in the state of Tennessee.

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.

About Arby’s Foundation
The Arby’s Foundation was founded in 1986 as a way for Arby’s to give back to the communities they serve. For 30 years, they have donated over $80 million to various youth related causes across all 50 states. From 2011 until 2017 the Foundation focused its efforts on ending childhood hunger in America, contributing over $25 million to hunger relief organizations. In 2017, the Foundation expanded its work to include youth leadership and career readiness initiatives.

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SUNTRUST FOUNDATION PROVIDES $5,000 GRANT TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE

SUNTRUST FOUNDATION PROVIDES $5,000 GRANT
TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE
Funds will support BBBS-ETN Mentor 2.0 program at South Doyle High School

KNOXVILLE, TN– (April 30, 2019) – SunTrust Foundation has awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee a $5,000 grant in support of its Mentor 2.0 program.

BBBS-ETN’s Mentor 2.0 program, the only one of its kind in the state of Tennessee, is a technology-enriched, one-to-one youth mentoring initiative that focuses on college readiness and success for mentees, many of whom are first-generation college students.

“SunTrust Foundation’s support will help prepare students in our Mentor 2.0 program for lasting careers and job opportunities,” said BBBS-ETN CEO Brent Waugh. “These funds will improve the financial stability and earning potential of more than 150 marginalized youth by helping them graduate high school and pursue secondary education.”

Foundation funds directly support weekly lessons, technology-based college prep lessons, a secure digital platform for communication between mentors and mentees, and monthly in-person events planned and implemented by Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee.

The Mentor 2.0 program aligns with SunTrust’s focus on financial well-being by helping at-risk high school students prepare for graduation, post-secondary education, and career success.

“SunTrust is committed to ensuring the well-being of children and youth in the markets we serve, understands the positive impact mentoring has on cultivating a child’s sense of purpose and accomplishment,” said Harry Gross, SunTrust Bank Knoxville President. “That’s why the SunTrust Foundation supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee in their efforts to instill confidence among at-risk youth.”

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.

About SunTrust Foundation
The SunTrust Foundation is committed to SunTrust Bank’s (NYSE: STI) purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging with local and national organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial education, financial counseling, career readiness and small business/entrepreneurship, in addition to local community grants. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $170 million throughout the United States.

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS HOSTS CAREER DAY FOR MARGINALIZED YOUTH

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS HOSTS CAREER DAY FOR MARGINALIZED YOUTH
Event includes panel of diverse speakers and community leaders

KNOXVILLE, TN — (March 26, 2019) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will hold its first Career Day event on Thursday, March 28.

Mentees, most of whom are first-generation college students, will receive recruitment materials from area universities.

Youth in attendance will also meet a number of professionals and community leaders as part of a career day panel. Panelists include a commercial pilot and former Little Brother; the COO of a SH Data Technologies; a business specialist from ORNL; and a crime scene technician.

After the panel, mentees—known as “Littles”—will have the opportunity to network with area business leaders.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee ignites potential  in our Littles,” said Vice President of Programs Kara Finger. “The youth we serve have so many achievable aspirations, and this first-ever Career Day event will help them learn how to make those dreams a reality and ultimately reach their full potential.”

WHAT: First-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee Career Day

WHEN: 5:30-8 p.m.
>> 5:30 p.m., Dinner with panelists and community leaders
>> 6:30-7:30 p.m., Knoxville business leaders panel
>> 7:30-8 p.m., Networking time for Littles and professionals

WHERE: The Regas Building, 318 N. Gay Street

WHO: Knoxville business and community leaders, middle and high school Littles, representatives from the Knoxville Area Mentoring Initiative (KAMI)

VISUALS: Middle and high school mentees networking with area business professionals; Community leaders serving on an interactive career panel; First-generation college students learning about post-secondary and career opportunities

ON-SITE CONTACT: Kara Finger, 423.667.1689

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.

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE NAMES MENTORS OF THE YEAR

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE NAMES MENTORS OF THE YEAR
Big Sister Laurie Stone and Big Brother Mike Lewis honored

KNOXVILLE, TN – (February 12, 2019) — In celebration of National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has named its Mentors of the Year.

Big Brother Mike Lewis and Big Sister Laurie Stone were honored for their impact at a private event in December.

Laurie and Maria
Laurie Stone and Maria were matched in October of 2012. The two consider each other family, and regularly go out to eat and to movies together.

Laurie supports Maria’s extracurricular activities, and regularly provides Maria a ride from volleyball and cheer practice.

The impact of a mentor in Maria’s life is evident: Maria’s grades have improved and she recently received several awards at school. She is more confident in herself, and she is even planning her future after high school.

“Maria is an amazing young lady,” said Stone. “The last three years of her life have been a huge area of academic growth and relationship successes, and she has become involved in track, volleyball, lacrosse, and as cheer team captain on her school squad. She is the leader I knew she’d be, and she is making good choices.”

Mike and Aaron
Mike Lewis and his Little Brother Aaron met in January 2015. The pair enjoys spending time at sporting events and going out to eat.

When Aaron moved to a new home last year, Mike helped his family move in and even performed repairs.

The two place a strong emphasis on school performance, decision-making, respect for others, honesty, accountability, and potential—and the results are evident.

“It has been my pleasure to be able to spend time with Aaron,” Mike said. “He is a big-hearted young man with great potential. My hope is that he continues to see new possibilities unfold before him to experience the brightest of futures.  My life is richer thanks to knowing Aaron.”

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee mentors are truly igniting potential in hundreds of area youth,” said BBBS-ETN VP of Programs Kara Finger. “Laurie and Mike are phenomenal mentors who provide a life-changing impact on their Littles, ensuring that Aaron and Maria achieve their biggest possible futures.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee names its Bigs of the Year at a private event each December and announces honorees each January in honor of National Mentoring Month.

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.

About National Mentoring Month
Launched in 2002 by The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people. Learn more at mentoring.org.

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE MATCH LAUNCHES “POSITIVELY KNOX” T-SHIRT BRAND

Additional Media Coverage
–WBIR-TV: Live A Little: Meet Jamal and Ryan
–WATE-TV: 6-Year Friendship That Started at Big Brothers Big Sisters Could be One For Life
–WVLT-TV: Brothers by Heart Share a Common Goal
–KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL: Senior Kickstarts “Positively Knox” to Spread Upbeat Message
–EAST TENNESSEE ENLIGHTENER: Positively Knox: A “Bigs” and Littles” Business Venture

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE MATCH LAUNCHES
“POSITIVELY KNOX” T-SHIRT BRAND
All proceeds benefit Little Brother Jamal’s college fund

KNOXVILLE, TN − (January 22, 2019) — Ryan Willis and his Little Brother Jamal, who were matched in 2012 through Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, have launched the Positively Knox brand.

The goal of Positively Knox is to spread positivity through t-shirts and apparel. All proceeds will benefit Jamal’s college fund.

Willis, who owns local apparel company Mulekick Brand, and Jamal say their friendship is centered around encouragement and regular reminders to focus on the good in people.

“One day I listened to a talk about ‘PMA,’ or Positive Mental Attitude, and started using the idea in everyday life,” Jamal said. “Ryan and I focus on it too, and we always try to stay positive and happy.”

The pair, who met seven years ago, have worked together on every step of the process.

“The main goal was to give Jamal some practical business experience—from design, to determining how much to sell the product for, to packing and fulfilling the orders,” said Willis. “And it’s turned into a senior project of sorts that will have the added benefit of helping Jamal financially as he enters college.”

Jamal and Ryan have discussed Jamal’s college path since first being matched.

This fall, the Central High School senior will make his college dreams a reality.

“I know I’m going to college, no matter what,” said Jamal, who will enroll in Pellissippi in the fall of 2019. “And, I’m happy to have Ryan beside me every step of the way. He’s not only my Big Brother—he’s my best friend.”

“We’re family now and will always have a connection,” says Willis. “I’m thrilled to work with Jamal on this project, and I can’t wait to see him move into the next phase of his life.”

Positively Knox shirts are available at PositivelyKnox.com—currently, 125 shirts have been sold.

Project partners include Threds and T2 Design.

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.

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BBBS AND KPD LAUNCH GO BIG! KNOXVILLE INITIATIVE

–Read coverage of the launch on the City of Knoxville Mayor’s blog.
—View the Facebook Live.
–See the launch photo album

MAYOR MADELINE ROGERO AND POLICE CHIEF EVE THOMAS TO LAUNCH
GO BIG! KNOXVILLE INITIATIVE AT MEDIA EVENT TODAY
Go Big! Knox is a new partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, TN — (January 28, 2019) — Mayor Madeline Rogero, Police Chief Eve Thomas, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee CEO Brent Waugh will announce on Monday the launch of Go Big! Knoxville.

The new initiative aims to defend the potential of at-risk youth by building bridges between marginalized communities and the police who serve them. The program has a goal of recruiting 50 community mentors by July 2019.

The press conference will include an address from BBBS-ETN mentor B.K. Hardin, a police officer who was injured in a brutal, random attack while directing University of Tennessee game day traffic last fall. Hardin will discuss how mentoring helps take the stigma off the uniform.

WHAT: Press conference to announce Go Big! Knoxville launch

WHEN: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

  • 4:30-5:30: Pre-event reception with opportunity to interview key stakeholders
  • 5:30-6:30: Press conference featuring Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, KPD Chief of Police Eve Thomas, and additional special guests

WHERE: The Regas Building, 318 N. Gay Street

WHO: Representatives from the City of Knoxville, the Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Schools, the Knox County Juvenile Court, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, Save Our Sons, and additional community partners

VISUALS: Bigs and Littles who are part of the new program; Mayor Rogero launching the initiative; Chief of Police Eve Thomas; Knox County Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin; “Ribbon-cutting” at 6:30 p.m.

ON-SITE CONTACT: Brent Waugh, 865.804.1288

  • Additional interviews available by request to Elizabeth Malone at EMalone@KnoxvilleTN.gov.

More information available at TennesseeBig.org/GoBigKnox.

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.

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ALCOA FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE

ALCOA FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE
Funds will support site-based mentoring programs in area public schools

KNOXVILLE, TN (December 20, 2018) – Alcoa Foundation has awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee a grant in support of its site-based mentoring services.

BBBS-ETN currently partners with nearly 40 public schools throughout East Tennessee, including Knox and Blount counties. The partnership with Alcoa Foundation will allow BBBS-ETN to collaborate with additional middle schools and to support a number of enhancements for existing site-based mentoring pairs.

“We are honored to receive this grant from Alcoa Foundation,” said BBBS-ETN CEO Brent Waugh. “Not only will the award help our agency serve more children, it will allow us to increase the length of current site-based matches, resulting in stronger outcomes for the youth we serve.”

BBBS-ETN aims to reach 5% more children in its site-based program through its partnership with Alcoa Foundation. The organization also plans to increase its site-based mentoring match length by 25% to 25 months.

Alcoa Foundation’s support will defend the potential of nearly 400 of the most diverse, at-risk children in the area, including:

  • More than 80% non-traditional families
  • 44% racial or ethnic minorities
  • 25% of the youth will be children of incarcerated parents
  • 10% in families affected by substance abuse and opioids
  • 51% first-generation college students

“Alcoa Foundation is committed to partnering with communities to address local needs in a sustainable manner,” said Jeffrey Jost. “Alongside Big Brothers Big Sisters and numerous other nonprofit partners, we support environmental excellence, economic success and social responsibility around the globe and right here in East Tennessee.”

The attached photos was taken at a check presentation on Dec. 18.

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.

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation’s predecessor, currently known as Legacy Alcoa Foundation (and formerly known as Alcoa Foundation), was founded in 1952 as one of the few endowed corporate foundations in the United States. As a result of the separation of Alcoa Inc. into Alcoa Corporation and Arconic Inc. in November 2016, two new foundations were formed, into which the assets of Legacy Alcoa Foundation were transferred. One of the newly formed foundations, known now as Alcoa Foundation, is the foundation associated with Alcoa Corporation. Today, Alcoa Foundation invests where Alcoa Corporation has a presence, providing grants that contribute to environmental excellence around the world, particularly in the areas of biodiversity conservation and climate change research. Learn more at alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.

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