Locations Services Extend Beyong The Real-Estate Market
Last week Locations Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Locations LLC real estate company, awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii (BBBS) with a grant of $10,000 to support after-school mentoring programs. It costs roughly $2,000 to make and support each one-to-one mentoring match, so this grant will help change the lives of five at-risk youths for the better, forever.
Locations real estate agents Corinda Wong, R, Partner and Wade Uehara, RA presented the organization with a check at the Aliiolani Elementary School-based mentoring program, which is one of 22 BBBS after-school mentoring programs in the state. In this program, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii pairs at-risk children in one-to-one friendships with mentors from nearby high schools. The child and mentor interact weekly in hour-long sessions under the supervision of a case manager for the duration of the school year. Mentors assist with homework and then participate in carefully planned activities designed to deepen trust and friendship between pairs.
PROVIDING A POSITIVE INFLUENCE FOR AT-RISK KEIKI
The mission of BBBS is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that enhance their lives forever. By matching at-risk youths with positive role models, the program helps children avoid risky behavior such as abusing drugs and alcohol, joining a gang or becoming pregnant. It also helps them achieve educational success by encouraging and motivating kids to do better and stay in school; and develops higher aspirations and hope for their futures by exposing children to a variety of new experiences and opportunities.
This has a positive impact on the community at large, as the children have higher rates of staying in school, graduating and pursuing higher education; treating their schoolmates and family members in a more caring way; and becoming more confident and productive members of the community.
The goal at BBBS is to foster successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them — preventing the need for direct intervention services or incarceration later in the child’s life, and contributing to better schools, stronger communities and a brighter future for all of Hawaii.
HELPING OAHU, ONE LIFE AT A TIME
Locations Foundation and Big Brothers, Big Sisters Hawaii are committed to helping at-risk keiki across the state grow up with positive influences and role models in their lives. Building a better future for Hawaii starts with our youths, and these organizations will continue to provide assistance to the kids that need it most.
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