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Reflecting Back on 2017

Posted: January 15, 2018

2017 was another great year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. Below is a summary of a few of the highlights and major agency accomplishments. Thank you to all who have supported, and continue to support, the proven power of one-to-one mentoring.

  • Supported 1,646 one-to-one mentoring relationships including 1,330 in metro Denver and 316 in Colorado Springs
  • 27 Littles graduated from high school; many are the first in their family to reach this milestone.
  • Completed year two and expanded mentor2.0 program at Sheridan High School to include the incoming 2017-2018 9th grade class; 273 students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade have been served at this school.
  • Completed year one and expanded mentor2.0 program at Atlas Preparatory School in Colorado Springs to include the incoming 2017-2018 9th grade class; 206 students in 9th and 10th grade have been served at this school.
  • Little Brother Miles and Big Sister Ava, matched in Community, were featured in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s November 2017 newsletter to highlight Miles’ role as the youngest of 15 Youth Ambassadors for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Ava wrote a recommendation letter for Miles to become a YA and attended the 2017 HRC conference, where he also spoke.Big Sister Ava and Little Brother Miles
  • Ended the first new fiscal year with a surplus. BBBSC changed its fiscal year in 2016 from calendar year to October 1 - September 30 to allow for more flexible financial and programmatic planning and revision as needed throughout the year.
  • Successfully transitioned from our traditional Bowl for Kids’ Sake event to our inaugural Topgolf for Kids’ Sake event, exceeding our fundraising goal with over 600 attendees.
  • Received a record-breaking financial award from the 2017 CoBiz Financial Biz Bash after undergoing an extremely competitive selection process to become a beneficiary. Funds from Biz Bash will support mentor2.0, create an endowed scholarship fund for graduating seniors, build a CoBiz Kids Corner at our new office, and create new recruitment and training videos for our mentors.
  • Selected as one of only 20 BBBS affiliates for a 2-year pilot grant to enhance mentoring services for LGBTQ youth and mentors.
  • Named as a 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Quality Award winner. Only 12% of affiliates received this award, which recognizes the strong work ethic of agency leadership and staff in providing high-quality programming for the children we serve.