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.