INDIANAPOLIS – The CLA Foundation awarded a grant of $15,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI). This grant will help support new mentoring relationships, intentional and outcome-oriented programming for our Bigs and Littles, and ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The support from important partners like CLA Foundation help to further the organization’s mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth in 2021.
BBBSCI serves over 1,200 children annually, ages eight to 18, who reside in Marion, Hamilton, or Johnson County. BBBSCI purposefully partners with parents and caregivers, individuals, and organizations to identify eligible youth while recruiting, screening, interviewing, training, and preparing volunteer mentors, “Bigs,” to assist one child, their “Little,” to achieve and surpass individual goals determined by the match. Bigs and Littles meet in person, or virtually, for a minimum of four hours per month for at least one year, and as many as ten years. BBBSCI’s professional staff support and coach each relationship to ensure positive outcomes. Our program is free to families, and matches are encouraged to engage in low or no-cost activities.
“We have adapted to continue supporting and encouraging our community’s young people through the COVID-19 pandemic and we are supporting our youth and families in new ways. Funding from critical partners like CLA Foundation will help us reach as many of our community’s great kids as possible. We are excited to continue to work together in 2021 to accomplish our shared program goals and grateful for their support,” said Whitney Smith, Director of Corporate Partnerships & Marketing.
CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) exists to create opportunities for their clients, people, and communities through industry-focused wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting services.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana serves more than 1,200 youth annually ages 8 – 18 in Hamilton, Johnson, and Marion Counties. We partner with parents/caregivers, volunteers, schools, and the donors in our community to defend, ignite, and empower the potential of every child we serve. Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Our vision is that all youth achieve their full potential.