Big Brothers Big Sisters Tennessee agencies serve 29 counties across the state, from rural counties like Hawkins, to urban counties like Davidson and Shelby. Our offices are located in Memphis (BBBS of Midsouth), Clarksville, Nashville (BBBS of Middle Tennessee), and Chattanooga, as well as Knoxville and Kingsport (BBBS of East Tennessee).
Together, our agencies have served Tennessee youth for more than XX years. Since the inception of the BBBS Tennessee Statewide Association in 2004, our agencies have provided one-to-one mentoring relationships to more than 45,000 children. This year alone, we will serve XX,XXX Tennessee youth.
Thanks to recent statewide funding from Governor Bill Lee, the Tennessee Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies will focus on improving outcomes for more children in the areas of K-12 education, criminal justice, mental health, healthcare, and rural economic development. Through Governor Lee’s support, our collective will expand services, reduce the cross-generational impact of parental incarceration and addiction, and improve education and health and well-being outcomes for 1,000 more youth.
Tennessee youth and their families are in urgent need of the services provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies.
• Tennessee ranks third in prevalence of children with incarcerated parents (The Tennessean, 4/25/2016), and 13% of all TN children have a parent who has been incarcerated.
• One in 10 children in Tennessee currently have or have had a parent in prison (2016 Kids Count report).
• Parental incarceration is classified as an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) – a stressful or traumatic event that has an impact on health throughout one’s lifespan.
• Having an incarcerated parent increases a child’s exposure to several risk factors including living in poverty, experiencing household instability, and being expelled or suspended from school.
• TN’s opioid prescription rate is the third highest in the US.
• Between 2010 and 2016, age adjusted rates of all drug overdose deaths in Tennessee increased from 16.9 to 24.6 per 100,000 residents.
• Between 2012 and 2016, age adjusted rates of all opioid overdose deaths in Tennessee increased from 11.0 to 18.1 per 100,000 residents.
• Young adults are particularly vulnerable to misunderstanding the risks associated with opioid use.