Big Brothers Big Sisters has been awarded a planning grant by the Michigan Health Endowment Foundation to develop a scalable therapeutic mentoring model to support behavioral health for youth 7 - 17 years old.
Community based organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters are a trusted, yet under-utliized part of the youth development continuum for behavioral health. Research by Depaul University, Mentoring Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Problems: A Meta-Analytic Review, suggests that families will come to these organizations for support when their youth is experiencing behavioral challenges.
Through our mentoring program, we connect with youth both inside and outside of school walls with a trusting mentor who provides positive life experiences and/or protective factors that can build resilience and prevent children going through adversity and experiencing negative life situations. The goal of this planning grant is to develop an action plan that increases youth access and impact of behavioral health support through therapeutic mentoring, initially through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit and Big Brother Big Sisters of Washtenaw, expanding to other Big Brothers Big Sisters programs across the state.
The results of this planning grant will be disseminated to other organizations, coalitions, policy makers and funders working in youth behavioral health. The Michigan Health Endowment Fund works to improve the health and wellness of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of healthcare, with a special focus on children and seniors.
You can find more information about the Health Fund at mihealthfund.org.