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Big Brothers Big Sisters Gets $100,000 Donation From Engelstad Foundation

Published on Sun, Sep 30, 2012 (8:56 a.m.)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada has received a $100,000 donation from the Engelstad Family Foundation in support of its services to grow and sustain its site-based mentoring program at Ruby Thomas Elementary School and the Engelstad Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas.

Site-based mentoring matches adult volunteers with elementary school children at targeted Clark County elementary schools and area Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas locations. “Mentoring works,” said Molly Latham, Chief Executive Officer of BBBSN. “This generous contribution from the Engelstad Family Foundation not only endorses our work but also expands our capacity to provide more children with more mentors at Ruby Thomas Elementary School and the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Clubhouse.“

BBBSN provides mentors to more than 400 youth annually. Since 1973, BBBSN has provided tens of thousands of mentors to at-risk youth. The non-profit’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

“By partnering with our parents and guardians, our volunteers and community supporters like the Engelstad Family Foundation, we are able to further our efforts of assuring that each child in our program achieves higher aspirations, greater self-confidence and healthier relationships. Mentoring helps youth avoid risky behaviors and is a key strategy toward educational success,” Latham said. “We are proud of our youth and the strong commitments of their volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sisters. We are also proud that the Engelstad Family Foundation chose to support our work. We are so grateful for their special donation.”

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