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Southwest Regional Council grants $60,000 to Big brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado

Last December, the Southwest Regional Council recommended a $60,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado to develop a peer-mentoring program for middle school students in Southwest Colorado. The $60,000 grant implemented the peer mentoring program and allowed for the hiring of a full-time staff member to oversee and track the progress. After conducting research and looking at other successful models, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado launched the program in August with two high school mentoring programs. The High School Bigs program at Park Elementary follows a traditional school-based model with one-hour after-school weekly meetings between mentors and mentees. This site has ten “Bigs” from DHS, Big Picture and Animas High and seven “Littles” so far. The High School Bigs program at Needham Elementary follows an internship model, expanding the Park Elementary program to include an additional meeting between mentors and mentees every week during the school day and ongoing training workshops twice every month to enrich the mentors’ experiences. This site has six “Bigs” and “Littles” signed up.  

The Southwest Regional Council plans to continue supporting the High School Bigs program to help it expand to new cities and more students in the coming years.

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R. Thayer Tutt, Jr.
President/Chief Investment Officer and Trustee, El Pomar Foundation


Dean Brookie
President, Brookie Architecture and Planning, Inc.


Mary Jo Coulehan
Executive Director, Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce


Byron Maynes
President, First National Bank of Cortez


Chuck McAfee
President of the Board of Directors, San Juan Citizens Alliance

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