Big Brothers Of Greater Indianapolis

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Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis

English 111
12 December 1999

Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis
American families were once thought of something that might resemble a 1950’s sitcom. Marriages meant forever and children never knew the realities
of life outside of little league and sandlot football. Yet, over time, this idea has become distorted, showing that the “Brady Bunch” scenario is really far fetched in itself. Families today do not fit the ideal mold of a structured family with 2.5 kids and a dog. Families today are more realistic, facing the realities of life,meaning divorce, death, desertion, and even mental and physical problems.

Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis represents one of over five such organizations whose sole purpose is to provide idealistic role models to single-parent families. By making life better for children, youth, and families, the Big Brother program is striving to prevent serious behavioral and personality problems that often inhibit a structured childhood (BBGI Annual
Report, 1997). While these relationships are based on the idea of understanding and friendship, it also becomes important to evaluate whether such an organization provides the youth questioned with a more complete life.

To many, the statistics speak for themselves. Joe VeneKlause (Personal Interview, 1999) a caseworker for the Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis points out that the presence of a caring and supportive adult mentor does make a difference. “With solid research and planning, Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis is planning and discovering new and expanded ways
of meeting the needs of Big Brother youth (VeneKlause, 1999).” In 1995 research about the organization was conducted by Public/Private Ventures. The purpose of this research was to determine whether such programs helped kids in the aspects of saying no to alcohol, drugs, as well as being more confident in their schoolwork and performance. Research continues today and into the future with the “Strategic Plan 1998-2003.” The idea is to broaden awareness of Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis and its success to get more people involved (Venick, 1997).“The agency’s mission from the beginning has been to make life better for all single parent children bases on their
continued accessed need. We will continue to incorporate solid planning and research until every need is met (Venick, 1997).”

While research proves the overall effectiveness of the organization, the criteria for choosing the Big Brothers must also be considered. Role models are
a good thing for anyone to have, yet they must represent “good role models.” Screening process for the Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis includes
background checks, three well-reputable references, and an interview with an experienced social worker, as well as a copy of your driving record. The
information provided is intended to find candidates that will provide excellent role models. “Each of the Big Brothers goes through a screening process,
not only for safeguarding reas

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