Mentoring programs would get a major boost thanks to legislation for increased funding for the Big Brothers Big Sisters grant program in Minnesota. These programs, made up of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations of Central Minnesota, Southern Minnesota, and the Twin Cities Metro, currently serve 3,000 youth (between the ages of 12-21) across the state with mentoring services that help these children be ready for high-school, college, or careers.
The legislation, heard in the Finance – Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Budget Division, appropriates $250,000 in 2015 and 2016, which would extend the current program and expand services to include deeper and more extensive services to more youth. The funding would expand the joint work readiness initiative to provide youth in all three agencies, ages 12-21, with assistance in workforce and career/college exploration, readiness, and preparation.
The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill. (S.F. 572)