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Big Brothers Big Sisters receives $20,000 grant at Penn State Beaver

3/7/2011 —

The Comcast Foundation recently presented a two-year, $20,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Beaver County. The presentation was made at Penn State Beaver where, in the past decade, hundreds of students in a variety of majors have volunteered to serve as ‘bigs’ for ‘littles’ from Beaver County. More than 75 people attended the event which offered activities and refreshments for children and volunteers.

The grant will assist in the recruitment and training of mentors for at-risk youth and will enable BBBS to provide year-round programming for at-risk youth as well as leadership, training, and development opportunities for students who serve as mentors.
‘We are proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County and Penn State Beaver students in the Comcast Campus Mentoring Program, which strives to improve the lives of young people in Beaver County,’ said Jim Samaha, senior vice president for Comcast’s Keystone Region. ‘By establishing positive relationships, improving social skills, and building a healthy outlook on the power of academic achievement, this program will brighten the day for local youths and, hopefully, brighten their future as well.’
‘We are grateful to the Comcast Foundation for their timely and multi-faceted support” said Pam Webb, executive director, BBBS of Beaver County. ‘The demand for our services has never been greater. Comcast’s support will significantly increase the number and the effectiveness of the caring individuals identified and trained to serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to vulnerable youth.’ 

‘We’re very proud of the strong and meaningful partnership that Beaver campus students and BBBS of Beaver County have built over the years,’ said Amy Gartley, associate director of student affairs at Beaver. ‘This is a project that really energizes and motivates our students because they know what a powerful impact they can have on the lives of at-risk children in need of guidance and support. Our students have really built our BBBS program on campus, and there’s nothing more rewarding that to see our ‘bigs’ and ‘littles’ working together.’

BBBS of Beaver County is one of over 400 nationwide affiliates of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most effective youth mentoring organization. The Beaver County group annual serves about 350 children and an equal number of volunteer mentors.

For more information about Beaver campus students’ involvement in BBBS or to learn more about the program, contact Gartley at asb1@psu.edu or 724-773-3956, or visit www.bbbs.org.


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