Relationships Matter: Working Together to Improve the Lives of At-Risk Youth

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 7/24/15 10:00 AM

BBBS Littles GraduationBig Brothers Big Sisters is a well-known national organization that, similar to Penn Foster, is in the business of changing lives. Through a matching process that pairs a caring adult – (the “Big”) with kids in need of adults in their lives (the “Littles”) remarkable relationships are formed and the lives of children are positively impacted in a big way.

Penn Foster recently had the pleasure of helping to support 50 graduates of the program at the Chicago Metropolitan Big Brothers Big Sisters High School graduation ceremony. Tears filled the audience of approximately 150 people as the Matches recounted some of the activities they had engaged in together throughout the years. They spoke about what the relationships meant to their lives. Some Bigs and Littles had been together for over 9 years. One Match even recorded a CD together!

Penn Foster and Big Brothers Big Sisters are both part of the America’s Promise Alliance: a coalition of partners committed to collectively increasing the nation's high school graduation rate to 90% by 2020. One of the promises of the Alliance is to make sure that every child in America has caring adults in their lives. It was clear on that hot July night in Chicago that Big Brother Big Sisters is making good on that promise.

Our two organizations plan to work together to offer 21st Century learning alternatives to the Littles in their program. Together, we can provide access to caring adults and world-class learning solutions so that some of the most vulnerable Littles in America can blossom – and grow up to know that relationships make all the difference in the world.

 

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth

 

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