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Interchange – Kathy Delaney Willett: Big Brothers Big Sisters


Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States. In this episode Kathy Delaney Willett, Director of Outreach and Recruitment for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana, discusses the history and mission of BBBS, as well as the group’s challenges and successes in Monroe County and surrounding areas. In the first segment, Kathy talks about the overall mission of BBBS and its origins back in New York City in 1904. She also discusses the BBBS roots in Monroe County nearly 40 years ago. Kathy explains how BBBS works and howBig Brothers/Big Sisters (“Bigs”) and Little Brothers/Little Sisters (“Littles”) are recruited. In the second segment, Kathy outlines some of BBBS’ programs, i.e. Bowl for Kids and the Photography Project. She also explains the challenges facing non-profits such as BBBS in raising money. Finally, in the third part, Kathy talks about special efforts being made to recruit men to serve as Big Brothers, especially African-American men.

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