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As part of their investment in leading local youth-serving organizations, Altria Group has generously awarded funding to BBBSMC in support of middle school and high school aged youth in all of our mentoring programs, with a new grant towards our innovative Flex Mentoring Program.

Altria’s Success360° Initiative provides ongoing support to over 1,500 youth in our program. This initiative encourages and develops collaboration efforts between multiple youth serving organizations to better connect services provided in and out of the classroom, understanding that these youth need support during school, after school and at home.

This year, Altria Group has also invested in our innovative Flex Mentoring Program. This new grant will help our agency establish four new Flex Mentoring Programs serving up to 100 high school students with an online mentoring curriculum designed to promote graduation as well as college and career readiness.

Flex Mentoring is a technology-enriched mentoring program where the vast majority of sessions take place via a safe, monitored, and secure online portal. The program follows our signature mentoring model, matching each student with a positive, caring, screened and trained adult volunteer in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Leveraging iCouldBe's technology platform and curriculum, there are weekly online classroom sessions that focus on relationship building, skill development, and setting educational goals. Additionally, there are three in-person sessions where mentors and students have a chance to meet, interact, talk about their progress together and share new goals.

We are grateful for this investment in our middle and high school Littles to give them the resources they need to make good decisions, avoid risky behaviors, and stay on the right path to future success.  



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