Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $10,000

Based in St. Paul, serves the Twin Cities metro area. BBBS matches youth facing adversity with positive volunteer mentors to positively impact the youths’ lives.

Grant supports BBBS integrating Free Arts Minnesota’s programming into its own. After Free Arts dissolved in 2017, BBBS decided to adopt its curriculum and hire three of its program staff, to prevent its programming from disappearing. Free Arts of BBBS will provide arts education and mentoring for youth facing homelessness, mental health treatment, therapy for abuse and extreme poverty. Funds will help integrate the curricula of the two agencies, expand arts programming to waiting youth, and expand to a school-based mentoring site.