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.