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H.Res. 771 (113th): Recognizing the 100-year anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania.


The text of the resolution below is as of Dec 4, 2014 (Introduced). The resolution was not adopted.


IV

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 771

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 4, 2014

submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

RESOLUTION

Recognizing the 100-year anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Whereas Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania is a nonprofit organization that provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring, and professionally supported one-to-one mentor relationships;

Whereas Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania serves children who are—

(1)

living in areas with a high poverty rate, areas with a high incidence of juvenile arrests, or single-parent households;

(2)

impacted by homelessness or familial incarceration; or

(3)

attending a struggling school;

Whereas mentors serving as advisors, role models, or friends can diminish risk factors, enhance protective factors, and make a lasting impact on the lives of children;

Whereas Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania supports and enriches the lives of children and promotes and reinforces positive activities, behaviors, and attitudes by working with donors, partners, family members, volunteers, and advocates;

Whereas the Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania mentor program is proven to help at-risk children reach their potential;

Whereas the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado classifies the Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania mentor program as a blueprint model intervention program for effectively reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse;

Whereas blueprint programs have the highest standards and meet the most rigorous tests of effectiveness and replicability in the field of helping at-risk children;

Whereas children who participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania mentor program perform better in school and develop better relationships with their families and peers;

Whereas Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers, known as Bigs, and at-risk children, known as Littles, throughout Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County;

Whereas Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania supports nearly 3,000 mentor matches each year;

Whereas an estimated 250,000 underserved children in southeastern Pennsylvania remain at risk for academic failure; and

Whereas Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania is committed to bringing life-changing work to the children in the region who need it the most: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives recognizes the 100-year anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania.