Weekly Business Profile
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico
Type of business:
Nonprofit serving children in the Albuquerque metro area
Albuquerque NM 87110
What is your company's greatest asset?
Our greatest asset is our people—volunteers, staff and supporters.
What successes in the past year are you most proud of accomplishing?
We are most proud of the fact that we continue to expand our program to serve more kids.
What are your growth goals?
In 2011, we served 1,454 children through our agency. Next year, we plan to serve 1,500 and by 2016 plan on serving 3,000 children.
What is your company's greatest challenge?
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ greatest challenge is recruiting enough men to serve the needs of boys in our community. We have over 200 boys waiting for a Big Brother. Boys usually wait about two years before being matched with a male mentor. The longer they wait, the more at-risk they become for dropping out of school, becoming violent or using illegal drugs.
What contributions to the community (charitable or otherwise) are you most proud of?
We are most proud of the fact that we serve over 1,400 youth each year and that each of those children is more likely to stay in school and find success in life because they had a Big Brother or Sister.
If there is one thing about Albuquerque or New Mexico that you could change, what would it be?
The one thing we would change about New Mexico is the high school graduation rate. For most of the youth we serve the biggest obstacle they face is poverty. Being educated is the easiest way to overcome poverty. Also, an educated workforce will lead to increased economic development within our state.
What is your agency’s vision and mission?
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring and professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is that all children find success in life.
How does someone become a Big Brother or Sister?
The process is simple. All you need to do is call our office at 837-9223, or you can log on to www.bbbs-cnm.org and click on "Volunteer." We collect basic information about you—name, address, telephone number, etc. A client services representative will talk about our various programs and the time commitment required to become a Big Brother or Sister. You’ll be scheduled for an interview, during which you’ll answer questions about yourself and what you like to do in your spare time. Then we complete your background checks. Once those come back, a match support specialist will schedule a match meeting between you, your Little, and his or her parent/guardian. The match support specialist will join you at that first meeting to make sure that everything goes well and to help you and your Little schedule your next meeting. Once matched, you and your Little will have regular contact with your match support specialist to make sure that the match is going well.
What is the time commitment to be a Big Brother or Sister?
Big Brothers and Sisters are asked to make a commitment of at least a year. We also ask our Little Brothers and Sisters and their families to commit to at least a year. Throughout that time, we ask that Big Brothers and Sisters meet with their Little Brother or Sister at least four hours a month. It could be as short as one hour per week or a couple of hours every other weekend.
What is Big Brothers Big Sisters' greatest need?
Our biggest need is for Big Brothers. Too many boys in our city are growing-up in single-parent, female-headed households and don't have a male around to show them how to do "boy" things like how to fish, throw a ball or pick their fantasy football team. We also need more donors to support our agency. It costs $1,350 per year to support a Big/Little match. To grow the number of matches we serve, we need more donors to help support the youth we serve. If we don't support our kids while they are young, we will support them as adults.
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