About Us

Mission

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We provide Utah Children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.

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Outcomes
OUTCOMES

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah seeks to engage, connect and support the children in our state who benefit most from a stable relationship with a volunteer adult mentor.

  • We engage children by reaching out to partners in communities who help us identify children, ages 6-17, who want and need a mentor. In 2014 92% of the children we served were from low-to-moderate income families and 63% were members of a racial or ethnic minority.
  • We strive to connect these children with the perfect match – a mentor with similar interests who wants to help just that kind of child. We were able to make 376 new matches in 2014, bringing the total number of children served for the year to 1123.
  • Once the match is made, we support the matches through consistent communication with children, mentors, and parents. This support is a crucial factor in the strength and longevity of the mentoring relationships. Sixty-nine percent of our community-based and 46% of our school-based matches were together for at least 12 months in 2014. Research shows that goodness of fit and the longevity of the mentoring relationship yield the best results for children in the areas of educational success, avoiding risky behaviors and developing socio-emotional competencies.

To assess the outcomes from our mentoring programs we survey children before they are matched with a mentor and compare that to a follow-up survey each year thereafter. On average our community-based matches last 29 months and our school-based matches last 18 months. In 2014, 100% of children matched with a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor for at least a year (n=214, response rate =19%) show improvement in at least four of seven areas when looking at specific aspects of educational performance, personal behavior, and emotional well- being. Children in BBBSU mentoring programs showed statistically significant improvements (p<.05) in social acceptance, scholastic competence, and realizing the importance of a mentor in their life.

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History

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For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. And we have over a century of volunteers, donors, and advocates just like you to thank.

1904

Ernest Coulter founds the organized Big Brothers movement by obtaining 39 volunteers, who each agree to befriend one boy.

1914

Ernest Coulter embarks on nationwide lecture tour on behalf of Big Brothers; planning begins for a national Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization.

1958

Big Brothers Association is chartered by Congress

1970

Big Sisters International is incorporated

1977

Big Sisters International and Big Brothers Association merge, forming Big Brothers Big Sisters of America with 357 agencies.

1978

February 20 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Salt Lake is incorporated

1982

Application accepted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

1984

First Bowl For Kids' Sake (Bowl-A-Thon)

1994

Friends of BBBSU (Donation Center) began with SAVERS partnership

1998

Big Brothers Big Sisters International is founded

1999

School based mentoring began in Salt Lake County

2001

BBBSU began serving children in Park City

2002

BBBSU offices in Murray at 151 East 5600 South

2003

St. George Satellite opened as a part of BBBSU

2005

Tom Taylor, Huntsville, Utah named national Big Brother of the Year AIM database begins

2006

Utah county opened first program

2008

Received Gold Standard Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America BBBSU Board of Directors honored as one of top nine Boards in BBBSA network

2008

First "Chef & Child" Gala in partnership with Beehive's Chef Association

2011

Received Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility

2014

Received Quality Award from BBBSA Mentor2.0 begins at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City

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Employee Directory

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Executive Team
Administration & Outreach
Program
Donation Center
Board Members
Partnership & Development
Enrollment/ Match Support
Site-Based
Summit & Wasatch Counties
Southern Utah
Adminstration

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Contact Us

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BBBS of Utah, Inc.

2121 S. State Street Suite 201
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

GET DIRECTIONS • • • • • 801.313.0303 general@bbbsu.org

Locations

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SUMMIT & WASATCH COUNTIES OFFICE

5532 Lillehammer Lane #202
Park City, UT 84098

O: 435.649.9366

Lacey Cole-Rae - Summit/Wasatch County Coordinator
Emily Medlock - Recruitment and Mentoring Specialist
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SOUTHERN UTAH OFFICE

530 E Tabernacle Street
St. George, UT 84770

O : 435.986.9776

F : 435.986.9792

Karianne Atkin - Southern Utah Manager
Jamie Belnap - Mentoring Specialist
Tawni Cottam - Mentoring Specialist
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Benefits

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is proud to offer a great benefits package to all employees working 30+ hours per week. The package includes Health, Dental and Life Insurance. 401K benefits, with matching after 1 year, 2 weeks paid vacation to start with opportunities to earn additional time with tenure and paid holidays.

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Financials

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It’s your money that keeps us going and enables us to start more kids on the right path. So you have every right to know how it is used. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is Utah nonprofit corporation with 501(c)3 tax exempt status.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is a one-to-one mentoring organization. Friends of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is a separate 501c3 whose mission is to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah with funding raised by collecting used clothing and household items and selling those items to Savers. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah Foundation is a Foundation that was formed to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah Mentoring Programs. You can find both organizations financial statements and 990 tax return here.

2015 990 Foundation Tax Form
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2015 BBBSU Financial Statements
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2015 990 Tax Form- Friends of BBBSU
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2015 990 Tax Form- BBBSU
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2015 Friends of BBBSU Financial Statements
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