We know that children facing adversity can benefit from strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado lives out that message in their daily work, striving to change lives for the better, forever.
Bank of America recently recognized the organizations outstanding work by naming them a Neighborhood Builder. The Neighborhood Builders program combines leadership development resources for the agencies CEO and a current emerging leader with $200,000 of flexible funding intended to help increase Big Brother Big Sister of Colorado’s capacity and impact in the metro Denver and Colorado Springs communities.
In 2015, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado launched its mentor 2.0 program, which matches students from Sheridan High School with college-educated mentors and provides them with the support they need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce. Sheridan High School is the first partner high school in the program. The funding and leadership training provided through the Neighborhood Builders award will be crucial to mentor 2.0 as the program expands. Bank of America is a founding partner of the mentor 2.0 program.
“The funding and support from Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders program is a game-changer for young people in the Denver community,” said Dave Ryan, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. “With this support, we will be able to grow our new high school mentoring program in both Denver and Colorado Springs, bringing nearly 170 more kids the crucial resources they need for success in high school and beyond. Our recognition as a Neighborhood Builder is not only a crucial boost that will help us maintain a diverse portfolio of programs, but is also an agent of hope and change for children facing adversity in our region.”
The bank’s philanthropic investments focus on strengthening the economic health of communities. Through programs like Neighborhood Builders, Bank of America partners with local nonprofits and organizations in Colorado and globally to help support the communities where we live and work.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado already provides critical services that empower young people in Denver and helps them grow in confidence, relationships and vocation,” said Jodi Rolland, Colorado State and Denver Market President for Bank of America. “Through our Neighborhood Builders program, we hope to help them do even more for these bright and deserving young people in our community.”
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has invested $183 million to more than 900 nonprofit organizations and provided leadership resources to nearly 2,000 nonprofit leaders through Neighborhood Builders and the Neighborhood Builders Leadership Program since 2004.