Bradford Big Brothers Big Sisters Gets $205K for Mentoring At-Risk Youths

PA House Rep. Tina Pickett

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bradford County, Pa., has been awarded $205,547 in Pennsylvania state funding to expand its mentoring program for at-risk youth in Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania. Represenative Tina Pickett (R-Bradford, Sullivan and Susquehanna counties) announced the grant last week.

Specifically, the grant will be used to establish a stable funding source for the mentoring program, which plans to hire a second specialist in order to increase the number of young people it serves. Big Brothers Big Sisters will also use the funding to create “Amachi Program,” a new program to match children of incarcerated parents with adult mentors, often found in collaboration with church congregations. 

“The grant will allow the organization to reach even more young people and help them become responsible adults who contribute to the community,” said Pickett.

The grant was made available through the Community Violence Prevention / Reduction Initiative and awarded by the School Safety and Security Committee. The committee awarded more than $7.5M in grants to local governments, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations across Pennsylvania.