Walmart recently bestowed Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui a $2,500 grant to support two local after-school mentoring programs at Kahului Elementary School and the Mentor Center. The grant, provided by the Walmart Foundation and Maui’s Walmart Store #3209, supports Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii in counteracting the negative influences that at-risk youth face. The grant will also help Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission to ensure that Maui’s keiki see a brighter future.
“We believe that your organization is doing important work to the communities you serve, and we are proud that we are able to support you in your efforts,” stated a Walmart Foundation press release.
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ School-Based Mentoring programs provide services to at-risk children and high-school mentors, who interact weekly in one hour structured sessions under the supervision of a Case Manager. Case Managers provide weekly activities designed to bring each match closer together, building upon lessons learned and experiences shared the previous week. The after-school mentoring programs help at-risk youth overcome challenges by placing positive role models in their lives. The programs also support each relationship to guarantee positive outcomes.
“We couldn’t be more appreciative of the generous gift from our friends at Walmart,” said JD Wyatt, Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui. “Walmart’s generosity will help ensure we maintain our high level of program quality and service to the children of Maui in need. We look forward to expanding our partnership with Walmart in the future for the benefit of our keiki.”
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships. The organization works to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people by making meaningful, monitored matches between qualified volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages six through 18.
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