Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia

Context: In Russia, there are over 800,000 orphans. However, 95% of them have living parents who, for various reasons, are unable to take care of them.  Only 10% of Russian orphanage graduates are able to fully adapt to independent life after leaving institutional care. Only 2% of orphan graduates enter universities compared with 45% of young people who grow up living with their families.

Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia (BBBSR) was established in 1992 to bring BBBS International’s widely respected model of one-on-one adult-youth mentoring to Russia. BBBSR partners primarily with internats (institutional residences for abandoned/orphaned children) and local schools, as well as local government education and social service agencies.

Current Grant: EMpower’s seventh grant provides negotiated general support to enable BBBSR to continue its mentoring program of orphaned youth in Moscow and newly expanded to St Petersburg; conduct board and staff development, and continue to improve its evaluation capacity.

Russia Contact: Alexandra Telitsyna, Executive Director 
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Website: Year Established: 2007