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Pew Charitable Trusts Grant Helps Children Reach their Full Potential through Mentoring

$215,000 grant reduces waiting list for children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA’s Community-Based mentoring program

PHILADELPHIA – Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania (BBBS SEPA), the largest and most experienced youth mentoring organization in the state, received a $215,000 grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts. This grant will help BBBS SEPA bring their life-changing mission to more children in the region by pairing them with adult volunteer mentors. 

Given over a three-year period, the grant will provide continuous support to BBBS SEPA’s Community-Based mentoring program. This program matches children who need an extra friend and role model with a volunteer mentor. The “Big” and “Little” meet two to four times each month for at least one year, spending time together on weekends or weeknights. There are currently hundreds of children waiting to be matched with mentors in BBBS SEPA’s Community-Based program. The Pew Charitable Trusts grant will reduce the waiting list by 11%, serving 166 children.

Marlene L. Olshan, CEO of BBBS SEPA, explains “The Pew Charitable Trusts’ continued show of support for Big Brothers Big Sisters is vital for our agency: it allows us to not only bring mentors to children who need and want them, but to also offer all of the possibilities that come along with mentoring like improved school attendance and performance.” BBBS SEPA is expected to serve more than 4,000 children this year. 

About The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Pew Charitable Trusts ( is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our commitment to fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania
Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA enriches, encourages and empowers children to reach their highest potential through professionally support, one-to-one mentoring relationships. Individual donations and other funding help to support the children and volunteers in our program. Volunteering as a Big Brother or Big Sister is about making a measurable difference in a child’s life by sharing new perspectives and experiences; in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, more than 4,000 children annually are more successful socially and academically because of our work. Learn more at 215.790.9200 or


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