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Children with a parent in the military face unique challenges that may include separation and loss in addition to the stresses of military life. In support of our country’s military personnel and their families, Big Brothers Big Sisters has established the Military Mentoring Program (MMP).
The Big Brothers Big Sisters MMP supports children of the deployed and non-deployed, children of the fallen and children of the wounded and disabled. The program serves children of veterans at selected locations.
The MMP also engages active duty, reserve or retired/separated military personnel, as well as civilians as volunteer mentors. Staff carefully match adult mentors and youth mentees in long-term, one-to-one friendships and provide professional support for the volunteers, children and families throughout the life of the match.
In addition, the MMP:
• Reinforces the child’s connection with the parent and community.
• Respects and acknowledges the value of military values as a platform for the child’s personal development.
• Facilitates educational and skills achievement.
The military mentoring program currently receives federal funding as well as financial support from the Jack in the Box Foundation and Stavros Niarchos Foundation. These funds enable 25 Big Brothers Big Sisters local agencies to serve over 1000 children of military families including children of the fallen.
For a list of Big Brothers Big Sisters local agencies that are currently receiving the funding mentioned above, click here.
Our Future And Theirs.
In order to expand and strengthen military-related efforts, funding is critical. Your donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters can help make this unique program available to more and more children of the men and women who bravely serve our country. With additional resources, we could expand and strengthen military mentoring programs in communities across the country.