Warren County Expansion

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In 2010 the Warren Coalition determined after a thorough review of resources and services available to youth in the Front Royal and Warren County area that one thing was missing in their efforts to reduce the teenage usage of tobacco, drugs and alcohol—a youth mentoring program.

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Warren Coalition invited Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winchester, Frederick & Clarke Counties (BBBS) to be a part of the Coalition with the goal of serving at-risk youth in Warren County. Our mission is to match children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

We are an affiliate agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and thus must apply for the right to expand. Before serving children, BBBS must raise $50,000, develop a three-five person advisory team, create a three-year business plan for sustainability and to show the capacity to recruit adult volunteers (Bigs) to serve as mentors.

A visitor to our small community in Warren County, Virginia would see the natural scenic treasures of the Shenandoah River and Skyline Drive and believe we have abundant opportunities for recreational and social activities, as well as a close-knit support network, for the youth who live here. Yet the realities of our small community display a very different picture for some families. In our area, nearly 400 children are being raised by grandparents.  At least one in four families headed by a single mother lives in poverty and this rate rises for mothers with small children. Households in poverty often have unreliable transportation, making it difficult for children to attend out of school activities. Local commuters generally travel an average of nearly 40 miles to work, limiting family and recreational time. Over 6% of youth have a disability. Surveys reveal alarming local trends of student alcohol/drug usage and unavailable treatment for the mentally ill. All of this suggests that there are many families in our area who could use the assistance of mentors to ensure children have the transportation, resources, and support to fully participate in all the wonderful things our community has to offer.

Research shows our method of mentoring provides positive impacts in the lives of the youth we serve. Click here to see how our programs make an impact.

In May 2014, we were given the official approval to move forward to publicly raise funds and held the first Bowl For Kids’ Sake in Warren County. We raised $5000 and to date with other donations and grants have raised about $8500, about 17% of the total needed.

Please consider donating to the Expansion Effort. All funds will be kept in an escrow account until the total is reached.

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