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County Big Brothers Big Sisters gets $23,431 to promote mentoring matches


Greenfield Recorder

Friday, September 11, 2015
(Published in print: Saturday, September 12, 2015)

GREENFIELD — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County has been awarded a Mentoring Matching Grant of $23,431 from a statewide organization that supports efforts to empower youth-adult relationships in Massachusetts.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County is one of 32 mentoring programs to receive such a grant from Mass. Mentoring Partnership.

Funding for the grants stems from $500,000 in the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Grantees are required to match, dollar-for-dollar, the total amount awarded with cash or in-kind resources.

The grant will be used to support about 40 new matches with adult mentors and children in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, or existing matches.

“We are grateful to Mass. Mentoring Partnership and our local legislators, especially Rep. (Stephen) Kulik and Rep. (Paul) Mark, for championing the cause of youth mentoring across the state,” Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Danielle Letourneau-Therrien said. “The funding provided by this grant will allow us to strengthen and expand our programing, and reach more children in our community who are in need of positive role models and additional support.”

Across Massachusetts, Mentoring Matching Grants will create and support 1,525 high-quality matches — 202 more than last year.