Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah Receives $5,000 Grant for School-Based Mentoring in Utah County
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Big Brothers Big Sisters received a $5,000 grant from Qwest to provide financial support to help serve more children between our two partnering schools, Grovecrest Elementary and Fox Hollow Elementary in Utah. During the 2009-2010 school year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah provided positive role models to 70 children.
The School-Based program allows volunteers to meet with their mentees (“Littles”) on school grounds to work on homework, play games, work with crafts, and develop a long-lasting friendship with positively impacts the lives of both the children and volunteer.
“The generosity of Qwest will allow us to serve more children in our Utah County School-Based programs, which are proven to help children improve their academic performance, relationships with peers, and have a better outlook on their future” says President & CEO Pam Sanders. “The dedication of the volunteers, hard work of our professional staff, and the partnership with the schools has shown to be a successful relationship in changing the way our children grow up today.”
“Qwest is proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters and the important mentoring work they are doing in Utah County schools,” said Jerry Fenn, Qwest Utah president. “We continue to invest in the communities where our employees and customers live and work.”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah
For over 30 years Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah has been a volunteer and donor supported agency providing a child with a positive volunteer role model. The friendship and stability grown in this relationship is proven to help children avoid risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse. It also has shown to have a significant impact in the child’s attitude towards the future, improvement in academic performance, and better relationships with peers which helps create a better communities, schools, and cities throughout the state of Utah.
The Qwest Foundation’s core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.