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The Dr. Scholl Foundation is among the newest partners to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago’s (BBBSMC)Neighborhood Mentoring Model. The $10,000 grant will support the BUILD/Humboldt Park Neighborhood Mentoring Program that serves primarily Hispanic and African American youth, ages 8 to 14.

The origin of this grant award started in May of 2014 when BBBSMC was invited to a partnership meeting with BUILD Chicago, a youth organization supporting the neighborhoods of Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square. Members of the Dr. Scholl Foundation were in attendance since they were investors in BUILD and the wheels began turning on a comprehensive partnership between all three organizations. The concept was to recruit BUILD youth to participate in a Neighborhood Mentoring Program that supported the Humboldt Park community. The program began in the fall of 2014 and board members from the Dr. Scholl Foundation attended site visits and scheduled meetings with the BBBSMC development team to review the program and the long term plans in Humboldt Park and with BUILD. This grant marks the 5th award from a new private foundation partner so far this fiscal year. All five private foundations are supporting our Neighborhood Mentoring portfolio, which has struggled to receive direct financial support in past years. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago wants to thank the Dr. Scholl Foundation for their due diligence and support in this multi-partnership mentoring program.

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